WMSC FIS Athletes wrapped up 4 days of racing with 2 GS and 2 SL races in Panorama. The course held up well for the GS with firm and icy conditions after slipping off fresh snowfall.
The field was deep with lots of top athletes staying on after the NorAms making for great competition and points. The race hill is a long moderate slope with a few rollers, and the combination of bulletproof base and 20 fresh cms made for a screaming fast race track that was boardered with large soft berms. Those who could sink an early edge and get traction were rewarded with a very competitive and fair race. However, there was very little room for error, so a small mistake resulted in a challenging recovery or an all-out blowout. Race course lengths pushing the FIS maximum length limit meant that only best efforts were rewarded with good results, and tired legs and lungs all around!
It was exciting watching some the National Development team setting the pace for the younger crew. Jack Forsyth and Kyle Yates were the top male finishers for WMSC on the first day of GS. After a strong first run, Dawson Yates kept spirits up despite an injury; heal up quickly and get back out there Dawson!
Gemma Bexton charged into 34th spot on day 2 of GS with Gigi Kranjc in 44th. Heading into the SL races, roles reversed as Gigi Kranjc had a big smile in the start corral skiing into a top 40 finish. Gemma Bexton was right behind her in 45th.
Day 2 of SL was cold with -17 temperatures and firmer conditions. I was happy not to have to don a speed suit.
It was great to see so many Whistler parents helping on course and cheering on the athletes.