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I'll be racing for the U.S. in Austria

post #1 of 18
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Just like the title says, I'll be racing next weekend for the U.S. in a Ortsmeisterschaft(Local Championships) in Austria. Basically a few towns fighting over the bragging rights.
Well, a friend of mine signed me up for this, so there's no backing out now, he'll be racing for the Czech Republic. Why he came up with this idea to race for our home countries, I'll never know.
Well, anyway I'm pretty good advanced skier, but to make matters worse, I've never skied a course, never ever in my life.
So it'll be a Giant Slalom course about 30 seconds long I'm told.
Can anybody give me some quick tips so that I don't get disqualified or get lapped from the 10-12 year-old group.
I just don't wanna come in last, so I need alittle bit of help.
Thanks
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by davehor
Just like the title says, I'll be racing next weekend for the U.S. in a Ortsmeisterschaft(Local Championships) in Austria. Basically a few towns fighting over the bragging rights.
Well, a friend of mine signed me up for this, so there's no backing out now, he'll be racing for the Czech Republic. Why he came up with this idea to race for our home countries, I'll never know.
Well, anyway I'm pretty good advanced skier, but to make matters worse, I've never skied a course, never ever in my life.
So it'll be a Giant Slalom course about 30 seconds long I'm told.
Can anybody give me some quick tips so that I don't get disqualified or get lapped from the 10-12 year-old group.
I just don't wanna come in last, so I need alittle bit of help.
Thanks
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yeah- fake an injury and spare the reputation of the US the embarrassment of having some rube who's never even been in in a race course make an imbecile of himself in one, while 'representing' the USA in some murky, falsified manner.

The US has a shaky enough reputation without guys like you making the US, as a whole, look worse.
That goes for your czech friend, as well.
The Czech republic is proudly trying to put together a winning race team, and they don't need some yokel making them look silly.

go and enjoy the skiing, but don't represent my country in a race if you've never even raced before, OK?
post #3 of 18
Sounds like you are toast.

Get real hammered on Schnapps .... zen u haff an excoose no?

You have two choices. Read you ass off or go ski some gates.

I would ski and skip the reading.
post #4 of 18
Come on, vlad.......the Czechs are great skiers. Any attempt to win will be nonsensical.

Just go, have fun, don't fall.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Come on, vlad.......the Czechs are great skiers. Any attempt to win will be nonsensical.


Just go, have fun, don't fall.
??? Not sure I understand...
I know how good of skiers the czechs, are, intimately.
(I'm a dual-national, and I run a school, there.)
I'm worried that the czech in question is as "experienced" a racer as the austrian/pseudo-american who's never been in gates, either.
please, enjoy, go nuts, it's fun to make idiots of ourselves, I CERTAINLY know that joy!
just don't represent my country and the czechs while doing it.
post #6 of 18
Make your own "gates". Take a bottle of dye (food coloring), highly concentrated .... leak proof .... and go find a quite spot on a remote lift.

Squirt marks in the snow to simulate gates. Now spend a few runs making yourself turn around the marks.

It's better than nothing.

Death cookies will work as well as pine/fir boughs placed on the snow.

Just give yourself things to turn around.

Make US proud!
post #7 of 18
Don't sweat it. It sounds like the Austrian equivalent of a fun run local 10k running race. I'd be willing to bet there'll be "racers" there who can barely stand up on skis.

Since your friend got you into this, make him be a "gate" for you to practice on.

And as to getting lapped by 10-12 year olds, that age class of junior ski racers in Austria could probably lap just about everybody on this forum.

Have fun (and bring home the gold or don't come home).
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by davehor
Can anybody give me some quick tips
A self-deprecating sense of humor and a loose wallet when it's time to buy drinks afterwards will probably come in handy.
post #9 of 18
Start the alcohol flowing freely before the start; pass out flasks.

While the other guys are swilling, set the DIN on their toes to about .... "1".

Bob is setting you up like an eight ball and is taking side bets.
post #10 of 18
Hell, just go at it, What is the problem? Stay between the gates and let the F@#$ers RUn. Let it all hang out who give a crap if you crash. you might surprise yourself.

Or, you could give me your tickets and I will run it for you

Don't forget to have it all filmes so we can see the outcome.
post #11 of 18
I run the gates once in a while when I'm around a NASTAR course. As long as it's not too steep and icy you should be OK. Just don't try to hit the gates like the pros do, you'll get smashed in the face or hook a ski and crash. Set up the turn before the gate and watch for where the course changes in line. Hell, rent some vids of races and try to see how they do it.
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by vlad
??? Not sure I understand...
I know how good of skiers the czechs, are, intimately.
(I'm a dual-national, and I run a school, there.)
I'm worried that the czech in question is as "experienced" a racer as the austrian/pseudo-american who's never been in gates, either.
please, enjoy, go nuts, it's fun to make idiots of ourselves, I CERTAINLY know that joy!
just don't represent my country and the czechs while doing it.

Is this the President of "your" country?

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
Is this the President of "your" country?

Nah he looks Canadian to me
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
Nah he looks Canadian to me
No...he looks too stupid to be a Canadian...and yes he is our president...Ah, must be cheering the troops being sent to Vietnam in his place.
post #15 of 18
"uh huh, uh huh, I mean uh huh go team go , uh huh"

Is that really george dubleya?
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by davehor
Just like the title says, I'll be racing next weekend for the U.S. in a Ortsmeisterschaft(Local Championships) in Austria. Basically a few towns fighting over the bragging rights.
Well, a friend of mine signed me up for this, so there's no backing out now, he'll be racing for the Czech Republic. Why he came up with this idea to race for our home countries, I'll never know.
Well, anyway I'm pretty good advanced skier, but to make matters worse, I've never skied a course, never ever in my life.
So it'll be a Giant Slalom course about 30 seconds long I'm told.
Can anybody give me some quick tips so that I don't get disqualified or get lapped from the 10-12 year-old group.
I just don't wanna come in last, so I need alittle bit of help.
Thanks
Should be like the spirit of the Olympics. Just go out there and do the best you can while representing your home country. If you need practice, go buy Torino 2006 from 2kSports and practice on the keyboard. Good luck this weekend!
post #17 of 18

good luck

As a former a former HS alpine racing coach the first thing I teach is to remember to start your turn before you think you would when your free skiing.

I agree with the posters that say have fun and maybe ski wasted to really represent us like the current soon to be former ski racer god....what's his name?....

BTW how did you end up in Austria? It must be amazing.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
"uh huh, uh huh, I mean uh huh go team go , uh huh"

Is that really george dubleya?
Yes. Yes, it is. That's really George W Bush, fearless (cheer)leader.

No wonder they had to make him over as him a brush-clearing cowboy.
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