Snow Queen Supreme: Ali Nullmeyer finishes 5th after dominant second run in Zagreb
Zagreb, CRO (January 4, 2022) - The new year started off with a bang for the women’s technical team in Croatia with Ali Nullmeyer cracking the top 10 for a personal best finish of 5th place and the fastest second run of the day.
After finishing 17th from bib 23 in the first run, Ali blazed a new trail and dominated the competition after the flip, finding speed at every interval and sitting in the leader’s chair until the last 10 skiers of the day.
“Today was very exciting,” she says. “I feel like my skiing's been there lately but I have had some big mistakes. I was really happy to have a solid second run today without those errors. It was also awesome to have so many Canadians in second run showing our speed!”
And speed they did -- teammates Roni Remme and Amelia Smart also brought the heat, finishing 17th and 20th respectively for their personal best places of the season as well despite the challenging conditions and steady deterioration of the course throughout the day.
“The track was tough today,” says Amelia. “It got pretty rutted but we were all impressed by how well the organizing committee prepared the slope. The warm weather didn’t make it easy to have a good hill.”
Regardless, the team feels that these exciting results are just the beginning for the slalom squad as they continue to push their skills and each other to the next level.
“I’m proud of myself for the race today and excited to build on it in the next races,” says Amelia.
“I’m super stoked for the team and obviously Ali showed some really impressive skiing today winning the second run and moving up into 5th position,” agrees Roni. “But I think what makes it so exciting for all of us is that we know we can all be up there too. Hopefully we can keep going with this momentum because so many from the slalom squad have had outstanding runs or races this season. It proves our level is right up there and we’re knocking on the door.”
Amelia agrees: “Things fell into place today. We’ve all been skiing well in training.”
The next stop on the World Cup tour for the Squad is in Kranjska Gora, SLO January 8-9, 2022.
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