Beautiful Adelboden: GS Winning Day!
January 16th, 2013
This past weekend was the legendary Adelboden race with both a GS and SL. It was a weekend full of stunts. Adelboden does bib draws and awards ceremony right, we enter the stage from a zip line. I ended up doing it three times (2 bib draws and 1 ceremony for being on the podium in GS).
The Adelboden GS is the only of the traditional GS races I had not won. My previous best in the GS was 4th, so needless to say the hill has not jived well with me in the past. This year I finally got that monkey off my back and won the GS. It felt good to finally win in Adelboden despite in a way Marcel Hirscher gifted me the race by making a big mistake in the final gates. Having my good bud Feilx Neureuther on the podium with me was an added bonus as well.
After the race, the stunts continued, in the finish area they had the top three get on a crane to be lifted over the crowd. We were dropped on the other side of the stadium.
After our crane ride I went to the press conference and also had my foot molded for an imprint to later be place in the square in town. Apparently this is a tradition that every winner at Adelboden does.
Sunday was the Slalom race, which didn’t fare as well as I was hoping. I thought I skied well in places ending up 11th place, which doesn’t make much of an impact on the overall. It was cool to see my teammate Daver Chodunsky get 10th place which is his first World Cup top ten, everyone was stoked for him and he skied awesome getting 2nd on the second run.
What’s next? Races in Wengen, Switzerland all weekend…Super Combined is on Friday, perhaps I’ll do the downhill on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday.