Small bags another 7th and reflects on Games21 January 2012
Greta Small has produced an excellent second run in the women’s slalom competition, to end her Winter Youth Olympic Games campaign on a high with a second top-10 performance.
The Australian struggled for rhythm in the first run to lie twelfth and as snow bucketed down she produced a more powerful run in the afternoon to move to seventh.
“I was a lot happier with my second run,” Small said. “It could have been better but I’m happy with how I fought for it and the bottom section of my finale run was good.”
Unfortunately Small was too far behind after the first run to pressure the eventual medallists from Slovakia, Canada and Russia.
The 16-year-old was extremely consistent throughout her Innsbruck 2012 competitions. The day after she carried the flag in the Opening Ceremony she was 7th in the Super G, then she was 13th in Super Combined, 13th again in Giant Slalom and 7th in the slalom, her final event.
So how does she rate her performances?
“I had quite high expectations coming in,” Small explained . “I was happy with my skiing but with my results I wasn’t happy.
“My skiing is coming along well and it’s all there, across all disciplines. I just need to put it all together in a race and I’m sure that’s not far away. I have learnt a lot at these Games which will be a big help for the future.”
Small will take a week off before hitting the Europa Cup circuit with all competitions focussed on the next big event of the season which is the World Juniors in Italy. She expects to be back in Australia in April.
The 2013 World Championships and Sochi 2014 for experience are the big goals. She’ll also be doing Year 11 by correspondence.
Staying in the Village with the other Australian athletes and the getting involved with the Cultural and Education activities have been a real highlight.
“The buzz in the Village is fantastic, the girls room especially with Fitchy and Sharnita’s medals.”