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VIDEO: Torquay skier Jai Geyer sets two new PBs on ski race circuit

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

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SKI racer Jai Geyer has hit a rich vein of form on the FIS competition circuit in France.

Great Britain team member Geyer posted two new bests on the mountain just days apart in the latest round of races.

Geyer, whose family home is in Ipplepen, raced into ninth place at a slalom race in Chaillol.

He followed up that result with fifth place in a giant slalom event in Ancelle – again a personal best.

In between there was a minor setback when Geyer failed to finish a race, but overall the 22-year-old is pleased with the way his season is going.

"Things continue to move in a positive direction," said Geyer, a member of the Torquay Alpine Ski Club.

"I knew going into the slalom in Chaillol I was in good form and I managed to put down a solid first run to move from a rank of 26th up to 12th position,

"A solid second run meant I finished inside the top 10, from a field of more than 110.

"It was a personal best in the discipline, and a season's best result."

Day two in Chaillol didn't go quite so well, although there were positives to be taken as well.

"The second day started off great as I pushed a little hard and moved straight up to eighth overall after the first run," said Geyer.

"Disappointingly, I made a mistake going all out on the second run and straddled a gate.

"I felt really gutted. It turned out that as things had stood, I was on for a blinder of a result.

"I had come so close yet the chance had gone, but had to move on quickly to focus on the last race."

It was off to Ancelle in the Southern Alps for a giant slalom race where Geyer posted another personal best.

"It was a perfect day for giant slalom - cold, blue skies and hard snow," said Geyer.

"Everyone was charging, but I had some good form going into the race I knew I could raise my game too.

"I made some mistakes on the first run but was strong on the difficult parts, leaving me 0.58 seconds off the French leader and ready to attack the second.

"I managed the third fastest time and finished the race in fifth place overall.

"It was a little frustrating to be only 0.12 seconds off the podium, but I was satisfied because I went into the race ranked 17th, making this my best FIS point results to date."

Racing takes a break for week or so, allowing Geyer training time at his base in Brides les Bains in the Trois Vallees area of France.

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