OPA Cup Campra – Individual Freestyle

Day 2 of the OPA Cup races at the Centro di Nordico Campra was a chilly affair, with the new snow from the day before mixing in and freezing up the man-made snow. This led to some very fast skiing from all the competitors.

The junior girls were first off over 7.5km (3×2.5km), with Alecia starting, followed by Ella, Stella, Lilly and then Kat. Kat led at the finish with 38th place +2:37 back with 160 FIS points. Lilly stepped up from last weekend finishing in 42nd as the 14th U18 girl +3:10.8 back with a personal best 185 FIS points leading in to the WYOG events starting next week. Stella bounced back strongly from a week long illness to come 47th 4:01 back from superstar junior Katharina Hennig of Germany. Ella was next through in 50th 5:05 behind and Alecia then coming in 52nd to finish round 1 of the distance races for the Aussie girls.

The boys were next off, with Hugh Pollard starting bib 83 flying off around the 10km course in 28:11.8 minutes, finishing 6:12.7 back from Martin Collet of France (who went through 7.5km only 15sec behind senior men’s victor Roman Furger of Switzerland). Liam Burton with bib 92 rampaged around the loop, chasing down many of the internationals ahead of him and skiing with many of the higher ranked skiers to finish 47th only 2:25.4min behind Collet and picking up a handy PB of 137 FIS points to add to his resume and showing some good form prior to the Winter Youth Olympic Games starting 12th February.

Chris Cook

The Australian Team competing tomorrow will be greatly reduced with Kat, Lilly and Liam resting, leaving Ella, Stella and Hugh to tackle the 10/15km Classic Pursuit event in the forecast dump of snow (10-15cm expected during the race).

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