Callan made finals. It was a spectacular heat, what racing’s all about!
She chased Helene Olafsen down the course, almost board-to-board, waiting for the right moment to step on the gas. Coming into a banked corner in good position to make a pass, Callan took the inside line, looking for a little bump of speed. But no – it was the slower line and she missed the chance to get in front, coming across the finish line third. The top two advance to the next heat.
But it was just what it’s supposed to be! Exciting!
A family traveling the world from England came to cheer her on and introduced themselves. The two little boys have a travel log with a nice story about the day and posted great photographs. Click on the scoreboard photo to go to their travel log. Good job, boys!
From top to bottom, it takes these Boarders around 58 seconds including the BIG air off the huge jumps and these guys make this sport look so easy. It was heartening to see Zoe Gillings, the only Brit, racing also (see score board pic) – maybe Thomas and Wils can become competition Boarders for GB!!!
Callan’s name came up on the scoreboard – she was about to race in the black bib. “They’re on the course” said the commentator. At the finish line, where we stood, we couldn’t see what was happening the top half of the course. Only three Boarders emerged over the huge jump and into the last bend – we could see Callan was in close contention. As they neared the last part of the course the leader pulled away and Callan dropped back to a close 3rd. Unfortunately she didn’t qualify for the next round but it was amazing to see the race and to meet Callan.
Next up – the Zurich airport and Stoneham, Canada for the last Olympic criteria event.