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Rob’s Rockettes: Trio of BC Women Could Relive Coach’s Whistler Success

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Interesting how history has a way of looping around itself…

Come next week, Boyd could once again be celebrating World Cup podium performances in his backyard. And once again the timing couldn’t be better. But this time it’s all about the ladies. Led by B.C. racers Britt Janyk, Emily Brydon and Kelly VanderBeek, the Canadian speed team is showing the world exactly what it’s made of.

In fact, I’m not sure if the team’s 2008 podium streak isn’t unique in Canadian ski racing history…

Consider this: since the first downhill of the year, there hasn’t been a weekend of World Cup speed racing where one of those three wasn’t standing on a podium. Pretty consistent, I’d say. Pretty dang tough too. And that’s what makes next week so exciting.

All three are legitimate contenders for top spot now. All three approach races with winning in mind. And that’s a huge change from even a year ago…

“We’re not getting ‘lucky’ podiums anymore,” says coach Boyd, echoing some of the same philosophy as Canadian snowboard high performance director Jim Miller (see Alta States Jan. 3, 2008). “These are calculated. They’re expected now, not hoped for. The girls are increasingly confident in the coaches and the program. And the coaches are even more confident in the girls…

“In other words, we’ve become a really professional group,” adds Boyd, who is now in his third year with the Canadian women. “And I’m really impressed with the way each one is handling her success. They’re definitely not letting it get to their head.”

He grins. And the sparkle in his eyes betrays just how much fun he’s having with his charges.

“It’s a very exciting time for all of us,” he admits. “It’s been worth all the hard work.”

But that doesn’t mean it gets any easier. “What’s really great right now is that the girls are relaxed enough to get the most out of every race,” he explains. “ Even when they don’t do well — especially when they don’t do well — there’s a huge opportunity to learn. But you have to have a lot of confidence in yourself to focus on the lessons after a bad race. Still, I think that’s where the difference lies between a true champion and a wannabe. And I’m starting to see a real champion’s attitude on our team.”

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