You couldn’t have picked a better day for a race. Sunny, blue sky, cold temps, hot crews, loud crowds and fast racers.
The entire field came through the finish and Ben Thomsen was top Canadian coming in 15th. It was an awesome result for a Canadian team that has taken a few hits over the last couple of weeks. The day had no course holds, we never had to re-dye once and the slip crews kept the track in awesome shape.
As quickly as the race was over, the entire team switched into SuperG mode. No real time to celebrate an amazing day. The SuperG course was set and safety systems adjusted, course length calculated and voila, we are ready for a 7:45 am jury inspection this morning (trust me that sounded much simpler than it really is).
Last night’s Bib Pick, the large crowd enjoyed an evening of the top athletes picking their bibs, the introduction of the Canadian Mens Team and meeting the DH podium winners while enjoying bevy’s and buffet from kitchens of the Chateau. Drew Bragg & Brian Stemmle did great job of leading the event.
Speaking to one of the World Cup tour veterans, he said ‘this is the best bib pick event’, he added ‘look around you, this is great and we are inside where it is nice and warm’, apparently European bib picks typically take place outdoors….which can be fun too.
On today’s program, at 11:42 am, is Erik Guay’s Final Run. A FIS tribute to retiring athletes is the opportunity to come down the course on their terms. We will all be cheering him as he makes his way down the track – very fitting for Erik, a former SuperG World Champion, to make his final run on our SuperG course.
The race starts at high noon – let’s make a great one.
We got this.