Two silver medals sees Potters Bar’s skiing star Poth end week on a high
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Potters Bar ski-racer Robert Poth ended his week at the Delancey British Alpine Skiing Championships on a high with a silver medal.
It was the 20-year-old’s second podium finish of the week with a combined time of one minute 31.69 seconds over his two runs in the junior slalom race, just three tenths of a second behind the winner.
The championships, held in Tignes, France, and which run until Friday, mark the biggest event in the British alpine skiing calendar and feature the best the nation has to offer, including Olympians Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor, Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest.
The event also showcases the best young talent from the Delancey U21 and U18 squads, of which Poth is a rising star.
“It feels great to get on the podium again,” said Poth, who also came second in the junior super G race on the first day of the championships.
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“I’ve got more races after this and I wanted to get a bit more confidence back leading into them and end the National Champs on a high, so I’m happy.
“This is my second second, but I’ve not had the best of tech races here. I came out of all the other giant slalom and slalom races but it’s good to get on the podium again.
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“Ideally, it’s not the place I want to be, I was going for first, but I think I was only a little bit off. It could be different on another day so I’ll take it.”
Poth put on a fantastic display to earn the silver medal, but admitted it was a challenge on the piste as the conditions worked against the skiers, with heavy snowfall overnight meaning a soft track.
“Today was a big fight to be honest,” said Poth.
“It wasn’t the most ideal conditions at all. On the first run there was a lot of snow, new snow coming in, underneath it’s all just crumbly.
“Also, I didn’t have the best of draws in the first run, I was bib 15 so I think I was up against it.
“But somehow, I managed to put a solid first run down, and then second run it was just all about fighting the whole way, a few errors here and there but I think it was the same for everyone really, it was just who could hold out the best.”
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