Laidlaw solid in slalom first run

21 January 2012

Laidlaw solid in snowstorm slalom Melbourne skier Harry Laidlaw has put down a solid first run of the Slalom event on Saturday morning at Innsbruck 2012, to be sitting in 23rd place before the final run in a few hours time.

Laidlaw was hoping to be closer than 4.64 seconds behind the leading racer, however considering 13 of the 62 skiers failed to negotiate the course he was happy to get through.

“It wasn’t the run I was after but it wasn’t terrible and it was good to get a time posted,” a smiling Laidlaw said.

Heavy snow had fallen on the course last night giving organisers a hard task to prepare the piste. It continued to snow heavily all day.

“It wasn’t too bad just a bit rough and bumpy,” the 15-year-old told to waiting media.

With the top-30 skiers reversed in order for run 2 Laidlaw will be the eighth skier down the course later today.

As well as hoping conditions clear for his second slalom run Laidlaw needs the forecast blue skies at Kuhtai Resort west of Innsbruck to eventuate.

He was meant to race the Ski Cross finals on Friday but a severe snow storm means the last chance to complete the competition is on Sunday. The whole Australian Team is hoping the Freestyle venue can be cleared as Laidlaw qualified fourth fastest, Brisbane’s Claudia Leggett fifth and Wollongong’s Jack Millar thirteenth in Thursday’s qualifying.

Andrew Reid