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Sugar Race 1 January 7-8, 2017

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GSOC Racer Blog

By David Lippucci—Race Director



Mother Nature has not cooperated this season so far.  Our first race @ Appalachian in December was warm and rainy.  Our Sugar 1 race had temps as low as -2 with a wind chill of -25!

The GSOC race team is currently tied for first after our second race of the 2016-2017 season at Sugar Mountain January 7-8, 2017.  We are tied with Winston-Salem in The Eastern Division.  Too many no shows and folks that did not show up on time made for a tough weekend.

Saturday’s 8:55 start for slalom was in the teens.  On and off fog coupled with snow-making made vertigo part of the main attraction.  Ruts formed after only 5 racers in both divisions causing panic among all athletes except the ones without fear.  Vision was poor due to fog and light snow which made it hard to navigate on the ultra-steep Division 1 race on Gunthers Way, by far the steepest race course in probably the USA.  Division 2 was set up on Big Birchless as Oma’s Meadow was not groomed yet.  We had two new racers qualify to race for the GSOC on Oma’s Meadow: Garreth Williams and David Freeman.

Sundays Division 1 GS set was at the same start area as the slalom.  -2 temps and -25 wind chill made everyone bundle up like a stuffed sausage.  More fog, wind gusts and snow blinded the first run.  A tight course actually improved on the second run.  Division 2 fared a little better condition wise.  Hardly anyone free skied after the race.  Personally, I got mild frostbite on my left toes…hard to race with popsicle toes!  Please come out to our next race at Wintergreen January 28-29.  This is a fine resort only 3 hours 15 minutes from Greensboro.

Congratulations to the following GSOC racers who finished first, second or third at the Sugar 1 race January 7-8, 2017:

Jake Laroe—Second, flight 1 Slalom and GS

Doug Laroe—First, flight 6 slalom

Tim Smith—Third, flight 7 slalom, Second GS

Dan Walsh—First, flight 8 slalom

Ayden Johnson—Third, flight 8 Slalom

Roger Brown—First, flight 9 GS

Mark Blakely—First, flight 10 Slalom

Steve Shea—Second, flight 13 Slalom, First GS

Brooks Freeman—Second, flight 14 Slalom, First GS

Abby Miller—Second, flight 15 Slalom

Darren Smith—Third flight 16 Slalom, first GS

Mathew Smith—First, flight 17 GS

Kilee Blakely—First, flight 18 Slalom 

Special congratulations to newly qualified GSOC racers:

David Freeman

Garreth Williams

Ayden Johnson 



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