Just a bit more explanation then we should put this to bed.
Sorry for the way I hijacked this thread but I truly suspect the original post and wanted to show that there are two sides to every coin.
In my class, 65-69 Platinum, there are two other guys that I know well and race hard at Nubs.
We are Nationally ranled at #10, #12 and #14 (#13 is qcanoe's friend and I'd love to have him come and play).
If you think we are not running hard against each other for beers and glory you must be a type B.
I was running #14 in the course to my right.
He is much bigger than I am and I was ahead.
I couldn't bail right or he would hit me and the kid was coming from the left.
The last three gates are the worst time to have to change course.
If you let yourself get a little late, sit back and let your skis run pretty wild you can pick up some time here.
I was fully tucked, edge locked and way back when I saw the kid.
I don't remember but the timekeeper said I stood up and threw them sideways.
The skis reacted like good Volkl race skis do and pitched me up in the air where I did a loop and landed on my back and head.
Stuff like this happens and I don't really blame anyone for this stackup of circumstances.
It would have been nice if the timekeeper had been watching the course and given me a heads up over the PA as he does when there are course incursions.
He was having computer issues and not really watching the race.
So it goes.
One of my greatest thrills is skiing with my grandkids.
They are very schooled in collision advoidance.
And for all you guys that hoot on NASTAR...come on up and put your skis where you mouth is.
Give me 1/2% handicap for each year of age difference and I'll take all the action ya got!
Oh Ya...don't wear one of those stupid Lycra suits either.
They really don't work and are only worn by fat old guys to show off their form.
As we say in the drag racing world "Money talks and BS walks"