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The slalom final was won by Andy before he actually skied. This is the only
way to explain it. In a way he seems to practically own the starting dock,
showing up on it early to start his rituals of fiddling and dipping his
handle and his gloves, talking with the officials. With the exception of
Wade, the other guys stay more in the background, tension building in their
subconcious - what if I knocked him off today?
Heat #1: So Chris Parrish, strong and smooth with all kinds of reach, skied
Heat #2: Behind the second (white Sammy Duvall) boat, Mapple opens looking a
Rodgers in the hole have the capability to do 4.5 right? The tension of the
opportunity grips both, the chance to dispose of the greatest. Jamie B was
skiing very well to qualify for the finals. I was very impressed since he
doesn't have the reach advantages of say Chris Parrish, but he does ski on
the Fogmans. Anyway, his 38 pass looked pretty good until perhaps a lack of
all out aggression midway. He ended very late in a go for broke cut then
falling around 6. Jeff Rodgers goes out, crowd is pumped, Andy's goin' down
this time and he skis 4 at 39.5 to tie! Well not enough Andy survives and
is in the head to head.
Well Chris Parrish happy to be in the head to head and skiing great, pumps
the crowd up for the Noon time duel by waving his arms. Didn't look silly
or anything but I wonder if it cost him some focus. Andy gets to ski behind
the Red Pro Star Tour Edition boat, which pulled Chris' run into 41.
In the head to head, Chris skis first. He's looking good. Andy looks much
better this time around, and seems to be skiing with even greater
concentration. He body slams around an on-side turn at 38 and the crowd
gasps at the sight, he bounces up to ski two more and out the gates.
Now the 39.5 run. Chris gets a great one ball, but around two, he jams up a
little, it's his first real mistake of the day. He recovers, but is not in
ideal position for the cut to #3 still he powers to #4 and in a perfect
world his ski might have stayed in. As it was, the force of the turn at #4
was too much and the ski pops out and he's down.
Andy, who had trouble on his last 39.5, is blessed with the red Pro Tour
boat and skis his best run of the day. Aggressive out of one, driving off
the back of the ski on his off-side with his hips generating impossible
angle. Almost slamming the ski into an on-side preturn, with his patented
"I'm going to blow the field away turn at #2", Andy skis to #5 and raises
his arms in victory.
Crowd goes nuts. Man he's done it again!
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