For Charlie Raposo there was no joy as he crashed out early on in the first run. From starting 43, Raposo is starting to work his way up the start list to give himself abetter chance of making the second run at a Giant Slalom World Cup race. Despite the disappointment of not making the small Team GB squad that went to Pyeongchang for the Olympics, Raposo has risen to the challenge of improving his stock.
Since the turn of the year Raposo has been racking up the air miles with races in Japan, North America and Europe. A 10.95 result in the Far East Cup in early January gave him a win and he followed this up with a pair of podiums in Stowe for the Nor Am races in the middle of January. A third in the first race saw him take another ten point result and then a win in the second race saw him score a career best 6.04 FIS point result. At the second race in Stowe, Jack Gower joined him on the podium with third place. Gower is also now scoring regularly in the ten to fifteen point area in Giant Slalom.
Raposo was not disappointed with his short day, while he felt there was a big opportunity to make the cut for the first time due to a large number of racers crashing out, he knows he will still have to fight to make his way into the elite top thirty. But this is something that he feels he is edging closer to. Not since the likes of David Mansfield, now coaching at Aiglon College in Switzerland, back in the eighties has Britain had such exciting racers in Giant Slalom. Alain Baxter, Dave Ryding, Andrew Noble, Noel Baxter , Dougie Crawford, TJ Baldwin and others have all battled their way down World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Giant Slalom pistes but next season it will be no surprise to see at least two racers on the start list in Giant Slalom World Cup, quotas permitting.
Raposo now heads back to North America for the Nor Am Finals before heading back to Europe to compete in the Delancey British Championships. As he leapt into the car heading for the airport and a few days at home, he let slip that he may even be looking at doing the Super G this year to help with his Giant Slalom technique.
No second run but Raposo was happy with the way the few turns he did manage before being ejected had gone.