ANC Race wrap up

2017 ANC Thredbo (21st – 24th August)   The weather and snow conditions were “A” class for the first leg of the Australia New Zealand Continental Cup, an international FIS Alpine event, “sibling” to the Europa Cup. Australia’s Alpine Racing community gathered in Thredbo last week to compete and watch four action-packed days of exhilarating Giant Slalom and Slalom race action on the World Cup course.   Over 120 competitors (accompanied by coaches) from eighteen countries pitted themselves against each other and the mountain, in a quest to improve their international FIS points ranking, gain a World Cup starting position, and secure a place in their respective nation’s 2018 Winter Olympic Games team, to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.   “This is the most impressive field of alpine racers that any Australian ski resort has seen since Thredbo hosted the World Cup in 1989” said BJ Kaufmehl, race director for Thredbo Ski Racing Club (TSRC), which managed and hosted this event.   To be exposed to such a comprehensive group of World Cup and Olympic race veterans is inspirational for Australian racers. TSRC has a team of 80 young adults and children in their training programme, many of whom were out on the course watching, learning and assisting with the smooth running of the event. During the races, a team of ‘slippers’ slipped the courses, evening out the ruts caused by the racers’ aggressive turns. Ski Snowboard Australia officials were also lending a hand and shovel maintaining the course.     Junior Australian racers Madison Hoffman in GS and Slalom disciplines, along with Lily Tomkinson and Kathryn...