“Noble Coach Sheader,
Sunday the Crescent Ski Council awarded me the Tom Broughton Memorial award
as the men’s points leader, and overall points leader, of the 2006-7 race
season. I earned 74% of the total possible points that could be scored,
equivalent to winning three of every four ski runs, or finishing third or
better every run.
The results were very much in doubt at the beginning of last weekend, the
Crescent season Finals.
I was placed at the very bottom of a flight with people who had been beating
me all year, including my nearest points competitor. There was only a small
chance I could win. I told my friend that if I won, then I would certainly
My Saturday slalom times were below par as a result of an injury (to the knee). I was not
certain that the sore knee would hold. It did and my second run was some
three seconds faster!
Thanks to our years of meditation and fitness practice and lots of sleep,
the knee recovered well for Sunday. Friends including my nearest competitors
were wishing me well, telling me to take my time before taking the start
position, something they never say at the gates.
My tactic was to ski my fastest on the first run and maintain a slightly
better second run, knowing my main competitors tended to be much slower the
first run. It worked.
Infinitely more valuable that the motivating trophy, set of skis & bindings,
and a five day trip to Steamboat with airfare; was the love of dozens of
friends as the shouted and applauded for nearly ten minutes. Crescent leader
Ron Scott told the crowd “No one deserves this more than Karl – – -“
Congrats continued into Monday. I was in shock, in a daze during the awards
ceremony and for an hour driving home. In fact this week was a wonder.
May this emergence, as you said, radiate into the rest of my life towards
Four years of fitness practice. One and one half years of intensive ski
training. One award. Priceless.