My first day of training on it was far from fun. I was skiing very tentatively on the icy conditions. On qualifying day I had two training runs before the race. After a bit of a crash in my first run, I pulled it all together and finally skied a smoother run. I ended up coming in 3rd place in the qualifying run. I was pretty stoked on the result after all of the bad feelings I had on my skis the last couple of days. I skied more aggressive and it paid off.
On race day there was a huge crowd and the atmosphere fueled me. Being a night race, everyone was excited about the show. The organizers did a great job putting the whole event together. Each round we had to sled up to find a Taxi waiting for us half way up the hill in the woods which would take us to the top of the course. I had first lane choice for my first 2 heats and got the hole shot out of the first turn both times. My skiing felt strong. In the semi finals I was in the second lane and got pinched by two girls, one on each side of me. I just held my line and one girl ended up crashing right beside me, and I was able to squeeze into 2nd place for the whole way down. In the finals Ophelie David got ahead and I was fight for second place with Meryll Boulangeat. Meryll managed to cut underneath me and slide into second. I came close to her a couple of times for a pass, but ended up in 3rd place.
I am really happy with my result! We’re now off to Les Contamines, France for the next World Cup.