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Athlete Blog: Alex Gough

We had our World Cup season opener last weekend in Calgary. The week got off to a bit of a rocky start with the track being in pretty bad shape and the windy weather and technical difficulties with the timing causing major delays on the first training day. We had the last training session of the day and with all the delays we didn't get started until 10 pm. I believe I managed to get home to bed a little before 1 am.

The wind luckily died down and the timing got sorted out and the World Cup went off without a hitch. I raced in the Challenge Cup on Friday, which is a head to head race for money, where I finished 3rd. It is my first ever senior international medal, so I was pretty excited about that. Saturday afternoon was the Women's world cup race. I had a pretty shaky first run, with problems in the lower section of the track, and a better second run to finish in 6th place. I was only 3 hundredths of a second out of 4th place but I matched my result from the Calgary World Cup last year so I am pretty happy with the result. The result was also my Olympic team qualifier so that takes a lot of weight off the next two races, however, I am only looking to improve on that result since I know I can do better.

We arrived yesterday here in Igls, Austria (which just up the hill from Innsbruck) for our next World Cup. We had a really long travel day flying from Calgary to Frankfurt and then to Munich and driving here from Munich which was about 2 hours in the car. I have my first training runs tomorrow morning so I get a day to adjust to the time change. I am really looking forward to racing here since last year it was my first race in 2 years coming back from injury and I crashed in the qualifying race before the World Cup and didn't even get to race. I am not A seeded (the top 10 women in World Cup points from the previous 3 World Cups are A seed) and don't have to qualify so I have already done better here than last year.

Alex