March 21, Individual Sprint Free Technique Juvenile and Junior B & G
Mont St Anne, Quebec
At the coaches meeting the night before, Jake had lobbied, to no avail, to start the race an hour earlier knowing that the soft snow was going to make for challenging conditions. After the qualifier the heats were delayed an hour so melt water could be pumped from a pond that was threatening to overtake a section of the race course. The race course was quickly turning to mash potatoes. For the past two days coaches were busy swapping the limited supply of big baskets amongst the racers.
This is where the day started to fall apart as conditions were going to favour the lighter racers. Lucas at 210lbs, who had posted the fastest qualifying time on the early morning frozen snow finished last in the 1st heat. Skis sinking and poles plunging. Zayne one of our lighters skiers crashed in the 1st 50 m and chased the pack to finish 3rd., and had it not been for the crash Zayne would have advanced for sure. Fred and Adam had equally frustrating races, but Fred made it into the next round as the fastest 3rd place finisher officially known as “Lucky Loser”. (Tough crowd eh?) Fred finished 9th in the B final.