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Bronze at the Sochi Test Event




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My Sochi Experience

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Comment Share Posted on Saturday March 16th at 7:16 a.m.

After some extremely close racing I managed to claim 3rd place in the test event.

So we had some great racing in the past couple of weeks along with some issues that we didn't plan for!! Lots of travel, a medal to add to my collection & a bit of illness!!

First stop was Rosa Khutor, Sochi, Russia for the Winter Paralympic test event.
On arrival at 4am in Sochi it was definitely an eye opener! The whole drive from the airport to the Alpine resort where all the ski and snowboard events are to be held was one massive construction zone! Major infrastructure construction projects are everywhere, railway lines, tunnels, new highways, bridges etc etc. Then as you get a bit closer to the resort there are just new high rise buildings being erected all over the place.

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  • Athlete village under construction Athlete village under construction
  • At the start gate At the start gate

As mentioned we arrived from Istanbul at 4am in Sochi. Not ideal arrival time as we had official racing the next morning! Oh well, we made it and recovered well to get into training on the 5th March.
The night before training saw 30cm of snow fall down to the valley. The course builders did a fantastic job getting the course back up and ready for training with only a couple of hours delay. Not to worry we had a couple hours riding the most amazing terrain I have ever ridden with knee deep powder and deeper drifts.

Training on course was epic. The course really suited my riding. It was fast and fluid but a little on the short side. I forgot it was actually training as I was having so much fun riding the course!

6th March and it was race day. Woke up to a blue bird day with no wind. After the days training the day before I was feeling really confident that I could make the podium and maybe top it with the gold.
Racing was extremely close in the top 5 riders. After 3 runs down the course only 0.6 seconds separated the top 4 riders.
So, I was so close to winning but had to settle with 3rd place. I wasn't to upset with that result as I have only been back on snow for 12 days leading into the race. All the other riders had an additional 8 weeks on me!

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  • Carl Murphy at the finish line Carl Murphy at the finish line
  • Mens Podium Mens Podium

Heading into the event my goals were for a podium so that's one thing ticked off for this campaign.
It was now onto Slovenia for the first World Cup of the season and things didn't go as planned in Europe!!

To be continued.....

 

 

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