Reflections on First World Cup
Blog: Ski Team News
November 15, 2010
Colby Granstrom has a World Cup slalom under his belt and now the wisdom and experience that goes with it. Although he made a mistake and missed a gate he left Finland with the knowledge of what it takes to compete with the best in the World.
I watched his run online at: http://www.universalsports.com/video/assetid=9ec3a8e1-2bd9-48b4-818e-50438d5d97af.html#wc+levi+colby+granstrom+sl1. He was charging out of the start and looked as though he had the speed to make it into the top 30 and qualify for a second run. One mistake turned into 2 and his day was over.
Athletes are always managing the intensity they bring into an event to little and you are left on the wrong side of the top 30 to much and you are lucky if you make it to the finish. I talked to Colby after the race and he told me that he thought it would take an amazing run to qualify for the top 30, and that he brought far to much intensity to the race.
At 20 years old making it into a World Cup is a huge achievement. Colby should be proud of the skiing he brought to the race, and hopeful for his future as a World Cup ski racer.