In sunny conditions on tough snow, Alcott did well to qualify in the top 30 after making a big mistake in the first run. Four gates from home Alcott caught her hand in the gate which lost her a lot of time, however she still qualified for the second run in 28th position, 2.57 seconds off the lead held by Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen.
After the first run Alcott commented “that was really frustrating” [after catching her hand in the gate]. “I was relaxed coming out of the steep and I came in deep into the final section and let rip, yet the only thing I ripped was my new Colmar race suit! If I make the second run it shows just how well I am skiing.”
Alcott then put down a storming second run, the joint fastest time with Kathrin Zettel of Austria, the overall race winner. “I kept getting ready to leave [the leaders enclosure] as each of the big names came down but when Lizzi Goergl came down and was behind me, I knew then that I had a great opportunity! The result shows what good shape I am in; that I can still qualify after having made such a huge mistake and still get a great result proves I can do it.”
The result is a great start to the season and to her Winter Olympic qualifying campaign. “My fitness is great: I haven’t got the lung burn that I normally have here despite the altitude and course. I did not come here to pick up two or three points, I want the big points! It’s now make or break!”
British Alpine Ski Team Head Coach Mark Tilson said “I was heading for the car after her first run: it [her big mistake from run one] happened right by me and normally you do not qualify after a mistake like that. Her second run was a very good run and when you take into account the conditions and the tough snow there is more in the tank. This was solid.”
Alcott finished the race 10th overall with a time of 2.25.41, 2.42 seconds behind the winner. She will now head to Pitztal, Austria for five days speed training as well as some slalom and GS before her next races are in Aspen, Colorado, USA at the end of November.