EDINBURGH skier Paul Henderson claims he is riding the crest of a wave after opening his account at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships with two medals.
The Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships are taking place in the world-class ski resort of Tignes, France until April 1.
The Super-G event opened proceedings on day one on Sunday and Henderson produced an impressive display to take bronze in the senior race and gold in the junior version.
And with downhill, slalom and giant slalom races still to compete in this week, the 21-year-old admits he couldn’t have asked for a better start to proceedings in the French Alps.
“I’m just really happy. Super-G is a discipline I haven’t trained that much in this year but every time I’ve trained it, I have felt really confident on the skis,” said Henderson.
“You come here and you want to do the best you can against all your peers, so while the first race wasn’t as good as I might have liked, the second run went exactly as I wanted.
“You always want to podium but Super-G isn’t my best discipline, so while I was aiming for the podium, I didn’t think I would win. It is great to get bronze.
“The result gives me confidence especially heading into the downhill now and hopefully I can keep it going for the rest of the week. I haven’t done many downhills, so I will give it a go.
“Giant slalom is my favourite discipline, so that will be good and this is just a great start to the week.”
The Championships are the biggest event of the year for the British ski racing world and Delancey are the principal sponsor for the sixth year running.
Henderson wasn’t the only Edinburgh native to find double success in Tignes as Iain Innes won junior bronze and Under-18 gold.
And the skier claims he exceeded his own expectations with the glory he experienced on the opening day.
“It’s been a pretty good day for me to be honest – I’m really happy,” said Innes. “On the second run for the Junior Championship I absolutely nailed it.
“Junior podium wasn’t even a thought coming in. I normally do quite well at the speed events at Under-18 level, so I was definitely going for the win and it will be the same again over the next few days for the downhill.
“The fact I’ve done well in the Junior Champs is pretty awesome and I’m quite surprised, so that’s cool.
“For me this Championship is about the Under-18 stuff and taking as many medals as I can. I’ve sort of set myself a target of winning everything in the Under-18s but it will be tough.”
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