Robert adds gold medal to silver in Tignes
Young ski racing star Rob Holmes continued his brilliant week at the Delancey British Alpine Skiing Championships with a gold in Tignes last Wednesday.
The 15-year-old bettered his silver in the opening event with a first-place finish in the Under-16 category of the male Slalom race, recording a combined time of 1:31.37 over two runs.
Holmes set a blistering time on the first run and managed a similarly quick second run to claim the top spot and put himself in contention for the Under-16 overall title.
“It feels absolutely great,” said the teenager, who came second in the Super G race on the opening day of the children’s races.
“All my skiing career for the last three years I’ve aimed to win this title. I crashed in Bormio at the English Championships and that was frustrating so it was really nice to end the Slalom on a high.I didn’t really put any pressure on myself on the second run, I knew that would affect my performance a little bit, but I went out as if it was a new race, a new run.
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“I’m just taking it in small steps, it was only three years ago that I did my first race on snow, so I’m taking it one step at a time and it’s great to take the title.”
As his last year in children’s racing before making the jump up to senior events, Holmes understands it will be tough but just focuses on one race at a time, the next of which will be on Friday in the Giant Slalom.
“I wouldn’t say I’m nervous but it’s definitely going to be a lot harder next year,” he said.
“I’m just making the most of this because it’s going to be easy compared to FIS. As I said, I take it one step at a time and just keep going.
“Giant Slalom is my weakest discipline so a top five would be great, that would hopefully seal the overall title. I’ll just put a solid performance in and see how it goes.
“You don’t want to expect too much and it’s so easy to ski out and that’s the Championships gone.
“The overall title is a little bit in the back of my mind but you have to ski first and worry about the results after.”
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