I didn’t manage to compete in all the 5 disciplines in the South Korean test events, as I went and did it again – I crashed in the finish line.
I had not been too well for a few days before the races, due to a gluten attack from a menu that was lost in Korean translation. I still felt a bit tired and I lacked some vital energy. We had only done one downhill training run instead of the usual two this was due to the warm weather. Goodness knows what went wrong in the finish line. I just know we were going fast. There is no footage of the crash and I can’t remember it, Brett didn’t see it, so I assume I just got it wrong.
I was on brand new skis – having broken the last ones in my previous finish line drama at the World Champs. I think I must have caught an edge and tumbled…it is what it is! I must have hit my head as I have suffered from concussion ever since. I was taken to hospital and very well looked after.
We have a superb set up in the Team now and Catherine, our physio is fantastic. My Mum felt quite confident that the support staff were doing a great job as she was back in the UK.
These were the first races she has ever missed but it was going to be too expensive for her to attend. Brett kept her informed as to what was going on – He’s a good communicator.
Brett and I still managed to take a silver in that downhill race, only beaten by 0.7secs by Henrietta Farkasova. Unfortunately, I had to sit out all the other races.
This was frustrating but at least we got an idea of how we would cope next year at the Winter Paralympics.
A great learning trip and very well organised by The British Parasnowsports team.
The other good news is that we became World Cup Overall downhill Champions for 2016/17; won a crystal globe for the third year running; second in the GS overall and second overall in the World standings. This adds up to 8 Gold World Cup podiums, 6 Silver and 1 Bronze for this season – We are very pleased with that!
With my second concussion in 2 months I have taken a long time to recover. Sadly, I also couldn’t race at the British Championships in Tignes a couple of weeks later but it was great to see the newer development squad getting a chance to stand on the podium…I will have to watch out, there are some talented skiers amongst them.
We did go to Tignes and met a lot our sponsors, had a few media interviews and a lovely chat with Prince Edward at the Delancey cocktail party. We also had a fun interview with Mike Bushell from BBC breakfast. This is due to appear on TV on the 22nd of April. So although we couldn’t ski we got a lot done.
I am at home now and stressing about my impending exams. I can’t work from my laptop due to my ongoing concussion so work is at a halt for now…should I panic? I will also miss the Team fitness camp at the Scottish Institute of Sport. I love going up to Stirling and catching up with Scott Crawford and Catherine Smaill so I’m very sorry to miss this.
I have many people to thank for this last season but I will do that separately. However, a big thank you to all that support me and help me achieve my goals. My biggest thank you must go to Brett Wild for being the Worlds best ski guide.