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Appalachian Race January 30-31, 2016 Blog
GSOC Racer Blog
By David Lippucci—Race Director
The GSOC remains in fourth place in the Western division after the second race of the season at Appalachian Mountain in Blowing Rock, NC. Club place standings are not important when family and life situations remain the number one priority.
Saturday’s 9:30 blue bird slalom start was fairly only slightly chilly with starting temps around 35 degrees. Tree shadows covering the course and a heavy dose of salt on the course proved to be a winning combination for all racers minimizing ruts and holes. Kudos to the Appalachian staff for being friendly and racer proficient. Everybody had a smile on their face before during and after competition due to the fun set.
Sundays GS offered the more mild temperatures getting up to 55 with no breeze. People were skiing in shorts. The great weather brought our partially sighted athlete, Chad Hooks who put forth an excellent effort surpassing his capabilities. The race crew was able to salt the course once again to minimize ruts and bumps. After the granulated snow cone ice was scrapped off, hard snow underneath persisted all day to the enjoyment and benefit to all.
Congratulations to Kip and Kilee Blakely who qualified to race for the GSOC on Sunday and to Jukka Kayhko on Saturday!
Congratulations to the following GSOC racers who finished first, second or third at the Appalachian 2 race January 30-31, 2016:
Jake Laroe—First, flight 1 slalom, and First GS. HOT man on the hill two days in a row!
Ray Berggreen—Second, flight 1 slalom
Dan Shurkus—Third, flight 2 Slalom, third GS
Will Spradling—First, flight 3 slalom
Doug Laroe—Second, flight 5 Slalom
Dan Walsh—Second, flight 7 Slalom, third GS
Craig Taylor—Third, flight 11 Slalom
Phillip Clary—Third, flight 13 GS
Sharon Horton—Second, flight 14 Slalom
Special Message to Team Member Jeanne Laroe....
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