Two Queenstown ski racers have carved their way to success at two major northern hemisphere competitions in the past week.
Adam Barwood won a slalom title at the Wild West Classic Elite FIS series at Snow King Jackson Hole in a demanding and highly-competitive race with a large attrition rate.
Taylor Rapley, New Zealand’s current overall women’s alpine champion, has recorded her best-ever slalom career result to ski below 30 points in a FIS series race and win a silver medal at La Crosse in Wisconsin.
Barwood, 19, is a member of the US-based Sugar Bowl Academy and head coach Guenther Birgmann says he out-skied the top USA juniors in the slalom to take the title, scoring a 37.53 result, just outside his current slalom points.
“Jackson Hole is Adam’s favourite race venue and his performance here and during the other events has earned him a lot of respect on the North American race circuit,” Birgmann says.
Barwood has been in the top junior rank in every race he has started in so far this Northern Hemisphere season, Birgmann adds.
Nineteen-year-old Rapley’s outstanding 29.69 result was well below her current points of 39.91 and as a consequence, her world ranking of 562 is expected to drop when the next FIS list is published.
Rapley’s elated about the outcome.
“I have been training well all season here in the US and it has been frustrating not to be rewarded for that in the past few races. I am relieved to have this result under my belt and the competition was definitely tough with six girls who are some of the top skiers for their age group in the country racing in the series.”