What was supposed to be 4 days in Cortina ended up with being 12 days in Cortina. Not that I have anything against waking up to the Dolomites and UNESCO world heritage every morning. Well, at least I knew they were there, there wasn’t like I could see anything. The fog and snow made sure of that. And that people, is not a sight for sore eyes. I actually had my mom and dad fly down since I’ve been bragging about Cortina since the first time I was there a couple of years back: “It’s soooooooo beautiful there,” “if I ever wanted you guys to come to a race, that’s the place you should come,” and so on. Well….that backfired…. They never got to see either Cortina, the Dolomites or me race…(they are obviously bad luck so back in the sofa it is for them)
Anyhow, the races from Garmisch got moved to Cortina as well since there is apparently no snow there. (All the snow came to Cortina this year you see) Suddenly we had 4 races there instead of two.
First of all; I love Cortina. Every time I’ve been there it’s been great. Yes, I too think it’s because of me, thank you very much, but also the conditions are great and the courses has been amazing! On the downside; Since I’m not the only one who loves Cortina, the amount of people who skis fast there is huge! Still, I had my second best result there in SG with ending 13th there on Thursday so I’m not complaining. I also had my best downhill result there with a 28th place Friday. On Saturday I wanted to try a new approach and decided to check if people were missing me if I don’t show on start. They did, so mission accomplished! No, this last week I’ve been brewing on a small cold so I decided to skip the downhill race on Saturday to save my energy and get well for the SG race on Sunday! The SG race went fairly ok, ended 20th in a really difficult course, but with that I qualified for the SG finals in Lenzerheide in March! So Cortina wasn’t too bad for me this year.
I’m now going home for a couple of days before Kranjska Gora and the final GS race before the Olympics! I’m excited!