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Ski Racing Update 05.02.2017

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The winter season is now well and truly underway, and there have been
some great results for British Alpine ski racers especially Dave Ryding
who clinched 2nd in the World Cup night slalom in Schladming. He is now
5th in the overall men's slalom World Cup standings. I have been
training and racing with the British Ski Academy, based in Aosta, Italy
and my season has been my best so far scoring Personal Best results in
Giant Slalom and Super-G races since and I am working towards my long
term goal of one day being as good as Dave the Rocket Ryding.

I compete in FIS (International Federation of Skiing) races, and so
every race I compete in is open to people from all nations. Being based
in the Aosta valley brings great opportunities for racing and training
as there are so many different resorts within the valley with their own
race team and race slopes, allowing for perfect training and racing.

At the start of 2017 I headed to Adelboden, just after the World Cup
there to race and train on the World Cup piste against athletes from
Switzerland, Norway, France, Sweden, the USA and Holland. It was a
learning curve and although I made some mistakes in both of the races,
I was really happy to come out of them knowing that I did my best and I
also scored my best slalom result of the season so far.

Slalom is a sport of fine margins and the slightest of error can have a
serious impact on the result and I have been unlucky in some races; my
ski popped off in one race; I crashed in another 2 races and straddled
in another (when the gate goes between your legs). However, I managed
to score a personal best result in a GS race in Villars, Switzerland
and then another Personal Best result in a Super-G race in Chamois,
Italy.

I now have a week of training before the English Championships in
Bormio, Italy. I can't wait and follow my social media to keep updated on how it's going!

5 February 2017 by Francesca Lee

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