Feared: Oakley’s Ashleigh McIvor Powers to Second in World Cup Ski Cross-San Candido

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Oakley Olympic Gold Medalist Ashleigh McIvor is starting the season doing one thing. Continuing to strike fear in the hearts of her rivals.

Exhibit A: Her strong performance at the World Cup Ski Cross Race in San Candido, Italy this past weekend. She powered to a second-place finish in just the second race of the 2010-11 season.

Just inches from challenging for the top podium spot, she couldn’t quite edge by Switzerland’s Fanny Smith, who displayed immense focus through to the end of the contest.

“Fanny deserved the win today,” Ashleigh said of the race winner. “She skied really well and it was fun skiing behind someone who was really dialed in. I know Fanny is a really good skier, she’s super dialed in with her technical ability. So I just stayed right on her the whole way down and waited for an opportunity to get by Anna (Holmlund of Sweden).”

Ashleigh sat in third place throughout the final, waiting for the opportune moment to pounce and speed past Holmlund. And power past she definitely did – grabbing the second spot on the podium and displaying her prowess on the course.

With some good momentum moving forward, this Olympic medalist knows that no one takes her lightly.

“There are a few of us girls who people just expect to see in the finals. It’s good. I am sort of feared by these other girls. They see that they’re in the same bracket as me and they go, ‘Uh, oh.’ “

Just the way we like it.

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

December 21, 2010

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