Monday, February 06, 2006

one large elephant pushed out of the room

One of the dubious distinctions I've had to bear ever since making the U.S. team back in '99 is that no matter how well I've been skiing, I've been one of the few team members never to have won a race, big or small. I've had literally dozens of second- and third-place finishes at Nor-Am races and U.S. Nationals, and more recently a number of World Cup top-10s as well. But I have no gold medals in the cardboard box where I keep my medals, at least none that I've won since I raced as a junior eight years ago.

Today that finally changed. The stars were in alignment, my chakras were synchronized, my chi was unblocked, whatever. I finally won a race, a Nor-Am giant slalom on my home hill of Winter Park. My second run wasn't pretty — I almost skied right out of the course after making a big mistake — but I held onto most of my speed, and my closest competitors made even more costly mistakes. The win did come with a bit of an asterisk: a couple of the top U.S. GS skiers in my class, namely Chris and Tyler, weren't here — attendance at this race wasn't mandatory. Nevertheless, I was not only the fastest monoskier in both runs, I also had the fastest overall adjusted time of anyone in the race, which earned me $250 in prize money. (Rock on.) And as an additional bonus, my roommate Gerald and my friend Nick took second and third.

Tomorrow we're racing super G, and the whole student body of St. Anne's school will be up here to cheer us on, which is cool.

5 comments:

Liz N. said...

Congrats! 10 points. If you win at the paralympics, I'll award you the full 30 for the bonus.

Richie Jay said...

Good karma has a funny way of sneaking up on you.
I'm also psyched that you're going to be on camera this year. As I won't be making it to Torino, I'll surely be tuning into your runs on the web (be sure to post on your blog when you'll be racing).

#1 #1 said...

Way to be!
I always knew you had it in you. If you want to get first in the rest of your races, I know someone who could arrange that. Jared is trying to convince me to skip a week of school and come to Europe. What do you think?

Jared Alessandroni said...

You rock! I finally know a winner who didn't have to scratch or do uncanny things with a ping-pong ball. Congratulations!

pat & stuff said...

Must feel great to get the gold - congrats! Keep the zen focussed thoughts going...