Saturday, 16 February 2013

Russia

On the 12th of February, after spending a week at home resting, I flew out to Sochi in Russia for the Olympic test event. It was a long days travel as I had three different flights to get. Edinburgh London, London Moscow, Moscow Sochi.



After arriving in Sochi we had a one and a half hour drive up to Rosa Khutor. At the moment everything is a building site. There is massive amounts of construction everywhere. Huge buildings being put up and it is amazing to see.




My first day I had practise which was good as I got to have a feel for the pipe and what to expect on the competition day. After that we had a day off to rest and go skiing. I never realised but Rosa Khutor has some amazing terrain and great skiing. Up the top of the mountain the snow was excellent. It was great fun as there was a lot of skiing to be done.




After that we had practise early morning and then again in the evening. It was really warm that day so the pipe didn't hold up too well. Thankfully training went well and I managed to land my run. I was a bit worried about the competition the day after as I was not sure what to expect.




On the day of the competition it was horrendous weather. It was snowing very heavily and was a complete white out. Since it was fresh snow in the pipe it meant it was running incredibly slow. Everyone was struggling. But thankfully both Pat and Euan got my ski's running perfectly. The pipe was already really soft and all this new snow wasn't helping. The competition was put on hold about three times due to weather as the judges couldn't see the halfpipe.



Thankfully I managed to land my run cleanly. It wasn't perfect but given the conditions I was extremely pleased. I finished up in 18th place which has been my best result this season so far and is getting me one step closer to the Olympics.







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