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Beaver Creek DH

by MissGingerWhinger (U14051701) 05 December 2009
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How about that for a DH!

Rising star from Swiss team makes it 2 out of 2, and going for 3 in tomorrows GS. The old guard in Cuche just pipped by a fraction of a second. Last years overall champ, Svindall coming back to fitness. And then Bode doing his "crazy chicken" but in a good way.

Plus, no serious injuries this week. Yeah.

Then on the womens front, Vonn and Riesch dualing it out.

Superb evenings skiing.

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posted Dec 12, 2009

Update, another good day for the Austrians. Just finished checking FIS website and seen that Walchofer won the SuperG. Ligety second and Heel third.

Very good result for Ligety.

Disappointing for Dougie Crawford, a DNF.

After last weekends success for Janka, thats a second DNF for him. Not a good return to European slopes for him.

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posted Dec 12, 2009

Second Update. Chemmy Alcott has finshed a creditable 11th in the GS in Are. Well, that's what the FIS website live timing says.

Lindsay Vonn didn't finish first run and Maria Reisch has a DNF against her.

GS won by Tessa Worley, with Tina Maze second and Kathrin Zettel third.

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posted Dec 14, 2009

great result by Chemmy .. and v. happy to see OSV win all 3 events.
Janka appears not to be "IceMan" after all .. 3 DNFs in a row ?

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posted Dec 14, 2009

Great weekend for the Austrians, including a new "young" find, Hirscher. Plus the old guard in Raich and Walchofer getting some much needed victories.

Janka, would it be too rude to say that he has gone from hero to zero in a week. Disappointed in his performances this weekend, especially as he won a World medal there last year.

Downside, non-race injuries to Bode and Cuche. Hope that they are both ok for this weekend coming.

Now I am not very knowledgable on certain things - like snow differences - so someone who is might be able to explain if there is a difference between the snow in North America and that in Europe. Commentators used terms such as "aggresive". Do the snow conditions change greatly from place to place.

Vast majority of my skiing has been in Austria, with one visit to Switzerland and one to France. So I have limited experience of different snow conditions.

On the womens front, only 20 points between Reisch and Vonn in the overall competition. Looking good for a tight, hard fought competition between those two ladies.

Moving on, its camel bumps time this weekend. Yipee.

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posted Dec 14, 2009

camel bumps ?

"aggressive" style usually means hard on the edges, aka carving style
not fluid to watch, but fun - just think of Bode on a good day :-)

ask an eskimo about different snow types ... but in USA it if often VERY cold - this would affect the piste surface, and also explain nasty injuries (bones are cold so snap easier).

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posted Dec 14, 2009

Thanks Austrian_Jez for the explanation.

Camel bumps is a section on the Val Gardena course. If racer gets first one wrong, then chances of not wiping out on the second are slim to non existent. Makes for some interesting DH racing. Plus they come toward the end of the course.

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posted Dec 14, 2009

where's konrad ? we need him !

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posted Dec 14, 2009

despite being from the red n white machine, Hirsher is more than just a new young find - I hope he never discover what nerves are

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posted Dec 15, 2009

Did you see the Val D'Isere SG?

It was absolutely mad!

Like skiing down an icefield, but the turns were so tight most were going off at various stages and literally hanging on for dear life.

Great to watch though, real edge of the seat stuff.

Recorded the first Ski Sunday of the season, only to find snooker had taken precedence, a la Eurosport.

Luckily caught it on catch up TV.

I think the snow in America is drier and more powder like whereas the European snow is wetter and tends to freeze over more.

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posted Dec 15, 2009

Val Gardena will be great.

Lots of early season snow, lots of spectacular flying action off the humps, and lots of guaranteed spectacular tumbles (no injuries though!)

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