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Conditions make slalom ‘anyone’s race’

20 January 2012

Perth ski racer Greta Small is in twelfth place after the 1st run of the Slalom event in difficult conditions at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

The 16-year-old struggled for rhythm in the rough conditions but she hasn’t given up on delivering a top placing.

“I struggled for rhythm on the course,” Small said. “The snow differed from gate to gate and if you get out of the correct line – like I did – you are in trouble.”

In her fourth event of the Games Small knows that in Slalom anything is possible and as heavy snow falls and conditions deteriorate before the 2nd run it is anyone’s race.

Eighteen of her competitors were unable to complete the course and Small knows anything is possible in the 2nd run of slalom

“It is still anyone’s race. I would like to have skied better but at the end of the day you have to put two solid runs down and that’s what I’ll do.”

Small is 3.12 seconds behind Slovakian Petra Vlhova and 1.94 seconds off bronze.

The second run has been brought forward thirty minutes as organisers try to work around the weather.

At the freestyle skiing venue at Kuhtai, one hour west of Innsbruck, the Ski Cross finals featuring Australians Jack Millar, Claudia Leggett and Harry Laidlaw have been postponed 24 hrs as the white-out and wind takes hold.

Andrew Reid

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