Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sovereign Classic Sprint Update

This is going to be a pretty short post because I have a race tomorrow and I am TIRED. It's easy to forget how much a full sprint, complete with heats can be fatiguing.  Thanks to my husband Rob Whitney for coming down to the races to cheer me on and take pictures of our team!  He got some great shots and I will post more tomorrow.....

Girl's start, quarterfinals (I am in blue with white boots) 

Today I finished second in the prelim (by .1 second to my teammate Sadie Bjornsen!) and fourth overall at the end of the day.  I was skiing well in the final, leading in the middle of the race. Then, on the last downhill I slipped once (despite good skis) and a couple of us had a bit of a hangup allowing Perianne Jones to ski away from us.  After that, I tanked on the double pole finish.  Oh well, that's sprint racing and I went for it.

Coming around a sharp turn in my quarterfinal

Boys coming down the long downhill stretch

Lars making the final turn into the finish

Kasandra skiing up over the tunnel

Also, I found this really sweet vimeo video tour of the course in case you're interested in seeing what we skied today.  Hats off to Sovereign, the race committee, and the trail designer.  Everyone loved the course. Thanks to Geoffrey Richards for making and posting this video.

Sovereign lake classic sprint 1.5k from Geoffrey Richards on Vimeo.

Also, here is a video my teammate Brent Knight made.... for some reason I can't find the code to embede it but go to his blog to see it anyways! It's sweet:

That's it for now. I'm going to BED!
Holly :)