Katie Combaluzier making a name for herself in hot debut World Cup season
Lillehammer, NOR (January 17, 2022) -- The conditions were unforgiving in today’s super combined races at the 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, but Katie Combaluzier (Toronto, ON) cut a hot trail to slide into 2nd place.
“Today was another successful day, and it feels great to have a couple more World Championship starts under my belt,” she says.
Katie’s first World Cup race took place only a month ago in Steinach am Brenner, AUT, but it didn’t take her long to start the hardware collection, collecting a bronze in that competition in the giant slalom.
The super combined race pairs a super-G speed event with a one-run slalom technical race, challenging skiers to quickly switch gears between the two disciplines.
“It was definitely a challenge, and something I’m not used to yet,” Katie says of the combined event. “It was a good experience and I’m hoping next time it will be a bit easier.”
This was only Katie’s third start in a speed event and earning a second-place finish is a confidence boost for the team rookie in her debut season. “I’m definitely seeing some progress every day, and the more I ski speed the more comfortable I will get,” she explains.
With temperatures oscillating between freezing and balmy, the course in Lillehammer has become very icy, presenting an additional challenge for racers. “Really challenging conditions today with a super slick surface and seeing a lot of the field DNF,” Katie explains. “I’m happy to have made it down and found some success.”
The World Para Snow Sports Championships will continue to take place until January 23 before the team moves on to their next World Cup stop in Åre, Sweden January 27-30, 2022.
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