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... at Grammar and we have followed his success over the last few seasons. Marion had been on the junior French Alpine skiing team as a youngster but now lives and works in Canberra. Stephen caught up with him after training and he was delighted to have a chat with him. Certainly surprised to meet someone from Australia who knew his sister.
Benny Reich from Germany was the quickest after the first run but was unable to back it up ...
... the tricky Super G course with an error free run and was the fastest on the day. Given that he had spinal surgery in February this year for a herniated disc, it was quite a comeback and he was emotional on the winner's podium. After 3 consecutive victories Kjetil Jansrud from Norway was not disappointed with 2nd and one of my favourites Frenchman Alexis Pintaurault 3rd. There were some spectacular crashes as racers pushed themselves to the ...
... that there are opportunities to mingle with the athletes themselves. On our bus back to the village at the end of the day was the bronze medallist, Steve Nyman from the USA. Just sitting on the seat next to us as we travelled down. He was more than happy to have his photo taken and he was on a real high after his success today.
A thrilling start to our World Cup in Beaver Creek - Super G tomorrow, can't wait!
Wed 3 December
After marvellous sunny weather for our trip so far the last two days we have had overcast skies. Not quite the bluebird days we were hoping for but still high enough cloud that we could see the spectacular view from the top of Beaver Creek Mountain (3488m high). It was time to unpack the ski bags and try out our new skis.
Stephen headed up the hill in the morning to find his way around and check out the terrain. Me being the cautious one ...
... found out were made of gypsum. In actual fact they mine gypsum in this area. Whenever I use gypsum on the garden again I am sure I will think of this drive. We came across a flock of wild turkeys near the rest stop. Amazing they survived Thanksgiving!
We stopped also at the small township of Eagle. There was not much here but we did find 'The Store That Sells Everything'. The gun totin' bags caught my attention as they were similar to the one ...