Sunday, January 27, 2008

Ofterschwang Ladies Slalom

I have just got home in St Anton after shooting todays slalom race in Ofterschwang Bavaria. The weather was not as nice as yesterday so I really had to work my camera to get the best pictures in the bad light. I managed to secure a great position again for both runs, so hopefully you guys and gals like todays pictures.The race was won by Austria's Marlies Schild, who has the nice habit of winning slalom races these days! 2nd was Therese Borssen of Sweden with Nicole Hosp of Austria coming in 3rd. GB has no female representatives in the womens slalom this year, Non of the American racers made it down as far as me on the course, both Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn going if in a similar spot. I took a picture of Lindsey sitting in the fence, and it looks like she is crying, not through pain but through frustration at not completing a course. I guess it's things like that which define a natural born champion. I wanted to run up give her a big hug and say all will be ok.. But I am not sure she would have appreciated a sweaty, out of breath bald headed snapper, coming at her like that! besides by then the next skier was on course! I have a couple of days off now to catch up on editing and stuff before I head of to the Swiss resort of St Moritz.Oh yet again Bode kicks serious butt when I am not there to shoot it!! It is either a conspiracy, or he should pay me to stay away as I am bad luck!!

Ofterschwang Ladies Giant Slalom

Todays event in the Bavarian resort of Ofterschwang, was as much fun to shoot as it was for the spectators watching, the women's races are much more relaxed affairs compared to the men's. Yet again I was the first photographer on the hill, and bagged the best position!!I even mangaged to ski the course without going on my butt!! I had to shoot from a laying down position to get the best angle, and after 65 runners I was a little bit cold in the privates area!!! hopefully you guys will like the pictures! which means it was all worthwhile. The race was eventually won by Denise Karbon, who's smile just lit up the resort when she crossed the line, the Austrian pair of Nicole Hosp, and Elizabeth Goergl finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Lindsey Vonn was the highest placed US competitor with a battling 6th position. Britains Chemmy Alcott failed to qualify for the second run, coming in 31st position after the first run. Tomorrow it is the turn of the slalom specialists, so watch out for more news and photos! Mitch