What I’ve learned as a ski racer mom
Last week I was at Apex for the NorAm Speed events. Over the past 7 years with a ski racing daughter, I’ve acquired many skills, some of which I really don’t really want and others that I wouldn’t want to live without. I thought I would just share some of those things.
I can put up and take down Barry and crowd control nets (they are different, you know). I know how to roll them properly. I know that when putting up nets, it’s best to be the holder of the drill (if the guys will allow it) as it’s the easiest job. I know that I can’t carry a rolled up net down the hill on skis without hurting myself. It’s a job for the men and athletes.
I know how to gate judge, be a starter, a finish ref, a chief of gates, how to work a radio, how read a results sheet and see who “scored”, make lunches, put panels on gates, set up timing eyes, do intervals...... I know more about ski racing than I ever wanted to know, quite frankly!
All these skills are brilliant but the following are the most important:
See you at the next race,
from the Other Karen Gardner (mom of BC Team athlete Emma King)