Latest update from Issy Kirk, the young Team GB skier sponsored by Esprit Ski.
Issy is taking a break from competition at the moment and is back at home for school before she heads back out to the mountains on the 10th March. Over the Christmas period and into January Issy has been very busy competing in competitions.
First up was BSA Grand Prix BASS Children’s Slalom in Les Houches, France on the 5th January. Issy achieved a second place finish missing out on the top spot by just 1.83 seconds overall.
Next up was the Anglo Scottish Grand Slalom in Les Houches, France on the 6th January. Issy achieved a third place finish missing out on the top spot by just 1.11 seconds overall.
On the 7th January Issy was competing in the Anglo Scottish BASS Children’s Giant Slalom in Les Houches, France. Unfortunately, Issy had a heavy crash in this race which meant she was also unable to compete in any further races.
From the 28th January Issy took part in a series of races for the young Team GB ski team including slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and Super Combined in Trofeu Borrufa, Andorra.
Taking part in the Slalom race on the 28th January Issy achieved a very impressive second place missing out on first place by 1.66 seconds.
Issy was unable to finish in the Giant Slalom race on the 29th January due to an error.
In the Super G race on the 30th she finished in 9th place due to a hip slide error.
The Super Combined was up next on the 30th of January for Issy and she finished 6th overall missing out on a podium finish by just a second. Her coach was watching with the international coaches who commented that Issy was the fastest through the section of the course they were watching. She was running 4th after the first section and only missed out on a podium because of her second section.
In the second Super G race on the 31st January she achieved a brilliant 4th place finish missing out on the podium by 1 tenth of a second.
According to Issy she “was very happy with how the week went; it was amazing and so fun”.
Next up for Issy is more training from the 10th March in Les Houches, France until the 18th of March when she will be competing in the Inter-School Ski Challenge.
With further races in Courchevel and Meribel during the first week in April Issy is due to have a very busy end of season.