Joh Shaw’s Olympic Race Report
Australian Joh Shaw gives us her account of what it was like to compete in the Vancouver Winter Olympics, Parallel Giant Slalom Snowboarding event…
I could barely see the gates as it was foggy and then it was time to start. I pulled out of the gate as hard as I possibly could and knew this was it, this is what I have been training for the past 4 years, and then the memory of my past Olympic experience came in my mind (crashing on the 5th gate) and my legs just froze, I was fighting this feeling the whole way down the course and when I crossed the finish line I knew that I had a slow time. I was 2 seconds behind the leader which put me into 25th place. I was pretty upset at this point but kept fighting. I had a second run to complete.
I knew I had nothing to lose so my second run I gave it all, the course was soft and rutty and of course it was still raining. But that did not bother me. I don't really remember much of the second run, I felt like I was out of control but I knew it was fast. And it was, I was only 0.5 of a second behind the Olympic winner. But unfortunately in PGS they combine the times and with both runs combined I finished in 19th place missing out on finals by only 0.5 of a second.
I am still a little disappointed with my result, but satisfied at the same time. This has been a very hard year for me coming back from an injury in November and missing out on half the season, with my first 3 results of the year being in the 30's. I guess coming 19th in a high pressure race is not too bad after all.
After the Olympics, Joh headed straight to Moscow for a World Cup event where she placed 22nd. She will now go on to compete in the remaining two World Cups to be held this season, in Italy and Spain.
Right: The World Cup PGS Snowboarding course in Moscow's city centre
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