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Appalachian Race December 17-18, 2016

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GSOC Racer Blog

By David Lippucci—Race Director

dlippucci@nc.rr.com

 

The GSOC race team earned an official sole first place after many podiums on slalom day at Appalachian Mountain December 17-18, 2016.  We almost matched this performance at Sundays GS but fell back a few points behind the Winston-Salem team.

Saturday’s 9:30 slalom start for Division 2 was overcast and fairly warm with temps in the low 50’s.  Lots of salt pellets melted, then hardened the snow surface after setting up for an hour to let racers carve on a fairly dense surface.  After a total course re-set for Division 1, the surface remained fair and fun with comments like “can you believe how the course help up in 50 degree temps?”  Luckily it was wind free with intermittent sunshine.  Sundays GS challenging, fog, intermittent rain with temps in the 50’s turning a little colder later in the day.  We decided to wait an hour to let the main rain storm pass, then GAME ON!  Division 1 started first with a surprisingly fast and firm surface after more salt preparation.  A very easy, fast set favored the athletes with old school line and tactics.  Division 2’s conditions were just as good but plagued by timing mechanism issues. 

The next race is Sugar 1, January 7-8, 2017.  Please think cold weather thoughts for the new year so we have enough snow to race on in a few weeks!

Congratulations to the following GSOC racers who finished first, second or third at the Appalachian race December 17-18, 2016:

Jake Laroe—First, flight 1 Slalom and GS

Dan Shurkus—Third, flight 2 GS

Will Spradling--Third, flight 2 Slalom

Liz Beadle—Second, flight 3 Slalom, first GS.  Officially “Hot woman” on the hill both days!!

Tom Spradling--First, flight 5  Slalom

Doug Laroe—Second, flight 5 Slalom

Blake Justice—Third, flight 6 GS

Garry Whitaker—First, flight 6 Slalom and GS

Hailey Thomas—Third, flight 7 Slalom

Greg Thomas—Second, flight 12 GS

Sharon Horton—Second, flight 14 Slalom, third GS

Hunter Howerton—Third, flight 17 Slalom, First GS

Congratulations to Darren and Mathew Smith who both qualified to race at Appalachian on their first attempt.  Welcome to the team!   

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