Monday, November 29, 2004

 

Weasels Contribute to First World Cup Downhill

Again this year, a large contingent of Weasels travelled to Lake Louise to participate in the preparation of the course for the first downhill of the 2005 FIS World Cup season. Lead by Owen Carney and coordinators Bob Miller and Gary Taylor, over 35 experienced crew chiefs and workers spent almost two weeks working on the course for the Men's Downhill and officiating in the race that was successfully run on Nov. 27, after three training runs.

There was not much snow at Lake Louise, but the track was well covered by man-made snow and only one morning of serious shovelling was needed to build up one part of the track. Most of the Weasel effort was devoted to securing the bolt-lines of A-nets already rigged by the "Net Monkeys", placing slip-skirting on the A-nets and in placing over 5,000 meters of B-Net. There was little fresh snowfall during the run-up to the race. Prior to one training run, about an inch of "fresh" had to be "slipped" and shovelled from the course.

Prior to the training runs, there seemed to be a few more workers on the course than in prior years. Besides the usual core of Alberta and BC workers, there was again a conspicuous contingent from Australia and another from Quebec. There were a number of workers from Winnepeg and others from as far away as Germany.

Congratulations to Jan Hudec for his 8th place finish, his best result in a WC downhill. Recovering from injury, Erik Guay had a great 15th finish, and Francois Bourque also had a great result at 25th. In his first FIS WC downhill, John Kucera placed 37th. Jeff Hume had a 37th finish and Vincent Lavoie did not finish. Manuel Osborne-Paradis participated in the three training runs, but did not race.

Our heart-felt sympathies and best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Vincent Lavoie.
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