March 5, 2018
By Ben SEWELL
There were some nail-biting races with some intense moments for spectators, as alpine racers reached lightning speeds as they manoeuvred through 16 gates towards the finish line In the Alpine Dual Slalom ski races at Mystery Mountain Winter Park today. Jack Healy took home the men’s gold and Hanna Dunlop took home the women’s gold.
Fifteen year-old Hanna Dunlop, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was over the moon with her gold medal win. “I’m really proud of myself”, described Dunlop, “I’ve never done this before in a Dual Slalom”. Dunlop described the snow conditions as softer than the man-made snow that she is used to skiing on. “I like this snow better to be honest, though with softer snow, we had to be adjusting how much pressure we put on our skis. We needed to put more pressure on our inside ski when turning”.
As is expected with high performance sports, there were some epic falls and crashes on the hill today. Karly Friesen, age 14, from Miami, Manitoba, didn’t place in the final medalists, but she had a lot of fun trying. Towards the end of the race, one of her skis fell off, causing her to tumble over. “I was going around a gate, and as I scooped in behind it, my ski hit something and popped off. I stayed up for a couple of seconds….” Freisen thought that Mystery Mountain Winter Park was going to be really small and flat. “It’s not, and I think everybody had a lot of fun today.”
There was a total of 28 alpine skiers in today’s race; 15 male youths and 13 female youths. The weather conditions were excellent, the competition was fierce and the young racers had a lot of fun.
Dual slalom skiing involves skiing between closely spaced gates, that require quick and short turns as athletes descend the hill. Two skiers race at a time in parallel gates, with a wireless timer recording their speeds at the finish line.