The start of the season has been successful! One hundred points and my third reindeer – welcome to the family Mr Snow 😉 That’s a pretty good reward for a hard-fought race win and confirmation that I’m still in the game, even though priorities in my life have shifted over the summer. When the race starts, I’m in racing mode.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Like so many races in 2017/18, the first race in 2018/19 was a real thriller between Henrik and me. I must confess that I was really nervous before the race. I knew everything could happen and I had no idea where I stood therefore I was extremely relieved when it became clear after the first run that I was competing for the win.
As always, I pushed down the second run in all-or-nothing mode. The crucial factor for my wafer-thin victory 0.09 seconds ahead of Henrik was actually the radio message from Michi Matt shortly before I started my second run. He told me to avoid a hole further down the course and thus contributed significantly to my triumph. That’s what I call team spirit. All I can say is: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Michi!
So what can we take away and learn from the Levi result for the slalom season this year? Just a little bit, because the next slalom in Val d’Isère only starts in three weeks’ time and by then it will be again: new game, new chance! What we can take away from Levi, though, is that I am still able to compete amongst the best and I am very relieved about that. All I am hoping for in the meantime is one thing and one thing only: many good giant slalom training days on Reiteralm 😉
So now all signs are on the GS because, in only two weeks at Beaver Creek, the same question arises a second time: Where am I at? I will soon try and get a feel for exactly that in three GS training sessions on the Reiteralm but, for now, it’s time for recovery. I will take three days off and then fly to Colorado next Monday, but I will be in touch before that! Until then.