Jack Gower | Photo by Vanessa Fry Photography

25 September 2017

Gower and Vinter shine for GB in Southern Hemisphere

Delancey British Alpine Ski Team athlete Jack Gower has continued his successful Southern Hemisphere season by winning the second South American Cup Super G in El Colorado, Chile. Gower won the men’s race by 0.27 seconds over Marko Vukicevic of Serbia. Norwegian World Cup skier Bjoernar Neteland took third place, 0.33 seconds away from the lead.

This followed a second place finish by Gower the day before in the first of the Super G SAC races. This is a significant result for Gower who has come back strongly after a knee injury last summer.

Jack Gower in action at the Delancey British Alpine Championships | Photo by Vanessa Fry Photography

Following standing on top of the podium, Jack said,

“Coming into this Southern Hemisphere camp we weren't really planning on racing because I was coming back from injury and didn't know how training would go. Fortunately, following some good skiing, we decided to enter into the races. The first Super G race where I finished second, I felt I could have skied a lot better, which meant for the following race, I didn't want to let any opportunities slide. I skied quite well but had a mistake at the bottom which I thought would cost me the race. All the top athletes started around me and were coming down a second behind me. Unfortunately, there was wind which enabled a couple of guys to punch in quick runs, which made for a nervous wait at the finish.

I'm pleased with how training has gone this summer and the new team set up is working well. It was a great stepping stone as I now have the world ranking to start competing in World Cups.”

Gower’s win follows the significant result from Delancey Alpine Team skier Zak Vinter in late August when he was 4th in the Australia New Zealand Cup Slalom race in Thredbo, Australia. Vinter claimed 8.88 FIS points with this impressive result.  

We spoke to Zak after his result,

“My summer has been pretty incredible. I started in Hintertux in June then moved to Fonna in Norway for three weeks training. I made some big improvements over the month’s skiing which made me feel pretty confident heading down to Australia. This was the fourth season I have raced in Australia now so I went into the races very relaxed and comfortable with the race pistes.

I had a great bib due to my ANC points from the year before so I used that to my advantage. Starting bib 9 considering the strength of the field was a new experience, but one that made me up my game and show what I can do. I had a decent first run putting me in 11th place, 1.5 seconds off the pace. I was happy with the time but after a couple of errors, I knew I could do better. The course really started to cut up for the second run causing many racers problems. I gave it everything I had, confident I could take the lead. This run ended up being some of my best skiing to date. Coming into the finishing line and seeing I had taken the lead was incredible, at that moment I knew I was on for a good result. Watching the rest of the racers come down my smile got wider and wider. I managed to make up 7 places on the second run finishing joint 4th with Stefan Luitz and one hundredth of the podium. It was an incredible result and an experience I will never forget. 

Leaving Australia with a FIS point result of 8.88 has set me up massively for the European winter. Taking such a big step forward in my skiing is an amazing feeling especially with such big events coming up this season, it has given me great confidence to aim big for these races”

Zak Vinter at the Delancey British Alpine Championships earlier this year | Photo by Vanessa Fry Photograpy

To find out more about Jack Gower and Zak Vinter visit their athlete profiles on the BSS website:

http://www.teambss.org.uk/alpine/delancey-british-alpine-u18-squad/jack-gower

http://www.teambss.org.uk/alpine/delancey-british-alpine-u21-squad/zak-vinter

 

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