Tuesday 8 September – Day 3 – Interski 2015 Update

Fresh snow this morning and the weather forecast says more on the way!

Today there were demos from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, San Marino, Netherlands and Slovenia. The 5 or 6 cm of new snow produced some challenges on the main demo slope. The soft snow resulted in slower speeds than the firmer conditions of the previous days and so some teams failed to compensate and found themselves finishing further uphill from the finish arena than they had planned or practised!

Great Britain were busy again all day, attending work shops, observing the slope demos and squeezing in a final training session this afternoon (including 2 new required demos from the organisers) before heading back to Ushuaia for the mini lectures.

A highlight today was the ISIA Team Dual Slalom ( see video). The qualifier for this event took place yesterday and this morning when results were posted we discovered that Lynn Sharp, Amanda PIrie and Craig Robinson from Great Britain had all skied blinders to qualify for selection in the Team event!

Those that qualified were put into teams of mixed nationalities and now race in a team knockout series until we get to a final on Saturday. Today, every single member of Great Britain won their individual dual slalom races, sadly despite Amanda’s individual win, her team did not progress through to the next round. However… Lynn and Craig along with their Italian and Japanese team mates are through and will battle again in tomorrow’s dual slalom quarter finals…… we’ll keep you posted as this event progresses.

The Demo programme plan for every nation has always been present 3 demos. Well down here at Interski 2015 – Cerro Castor, Ushuaia. a good plan is always subject to a bit of change and at the beginning of the week every nation was told they had to do 2 additional demos! So we’ve gone from 3 demo requirements (for the last 2 years to 5 demos in the last week – nothing like adding a bit of pressure!

One of the additional demos is the same for all nations – each nation must present a pair of skiers to demonstrate short, medium and race speed long turns. Team Captain, Andi McCann, has selected Amanda Pirie and Lynn Sharp to perform this Demo…..well done ladies… all eyes on you!

So go girls and show em how it’s done!

The additional demo that the team has put together is described by GB Captain, Andi McCann as “BASI’s interpretation of high performance skiing…… ”

Tomorrow (Wednesday 9 Sept) will be Great Britain’s big day. Selection for this demo team took place over 2 years ago and the planning and preparation has been intense with full commitment demanded from everyone.

Skis are fully prepared and tomorrow a global snowsports audience will be waiting…


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