Scottish FIS Slalom 5 and 6 January 2014 – Marie Curtis

Happy New Year to everyone at HSRC.

Following a ligament injury to her foot while training in Zermatt with BSA back in July 2013, Marie was not given the all clear to re-start ski training until late November and hence why she had not been able to attend training or compete.

Marie spent ten days in December training with BSA at Les Houches in preparation for her fast approaching, first ever FIS race in Chamonix on Sunday 5th of January, the Scottish FIS Slalom.

With zero FIS points Marie was drawn bib number 48, with Avelline  Deighton bib number 46 and Amber Buckland unluckily to be the last racer on run 1, bib number 56 of 56.

Conditions for everyone competing were far from ideal, as it had rained heavily all day/evening Saturday, which eventually turned to snow fall during the night.

Marie posted a very respectable first FIS run time of 1:07:54 and in doing so moved up to bib number 35. Avelline advanced to bib number 38, while Amber, having ‘hiked’ at one of the gates and certainly had appeared to have completed her run, was later disqualified and unable to compete in the second run!

Avelline was going well on her second run before she too unfortunately encountered a problem and did not manage complete the run.

During her second run Marie managed to improve and posted a time of 1:06:88. The net result being that Marie was positioned at a very respectful number 29 in the top 31 racers of the 56 in the FIS results for the day. The second run of the day was run under floodlights as the evening drew in, this being Marie’s first experience of competing in floodlit, outdoor alpine racing too.

Monday’s race conditions were again not great for all, with flat light adding to the equation. This was to be  a mixed bag for Marie as she was drawn bib number 37, Avelline bib number 34 and Amber bib number 39 of 41.

Marie’s first run time being 1:06:47, pretty consistent with Sunday’s race times. Amber did not repeat her previous days first run bad luck, posting a run time of 1:09:95,  with Avelline posting a time of 1:28:62.

On the floodlit second run Marie straddled a gate two thirds down the course and bowed out. Amber completed her run in a time of 1:14:33,  Avelline putting aside yesterdays second run bad luck to complete the course with a run time of 1:36:13.

I just want to add a big well done to all of the Hemel club members that had competed in these races, and especially to my granddaughter Marie.

Well Done.

Ian Curtis.

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