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Krahulec crossing into a new level

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyKim Krahulec
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MOUNT BACHELOR, Ore. – A torn rotator cuff would keep most athletes from competing.Kim Krahulec, however, didn’t let one stop her from taking fourth at a Revolution Tour boardercross last week in Mount Bachelor, Ore.With a lead in the semifinals, Krahulec crashed on a big jump, but held on for second to advance to the finals.”I had hurt my shoulder before, so I knew something was up,” said Krahulec, who didn’t think twice about racing in the finals. “It was the first final I made all year and wanted to do it.”

Krahulec, who had the second-fastest qualifying time, surprised herself by winning the hole shot with the bum shoulder, but the pain began to kick in on the jumps.”For a Rev Tour, the jumps were pretty big,” Krahulec said. “I was in the lead until I hit the first step-up and every jump I hit hurt.”The fourth-place finish continued a string of solid results for Krahulec, who has been picking up plenty of FIS (International Ski Federation) points.Two weeks ago, Krahulec cracked into the top 10 at a NorAm in Copper.

On the first of two days of competition, Krahulec slipped on her run and ended up 17th, one spot out of qualifying. Then, Krahulec brought in the ninth-best qualifying time on the second day of competition with a conservative run. Krahulec finished just behind Canadian Olympian Ziggy Cowan for second in their heat, giving her ninth overall. The finish also gave Krahulec her highest point total to date.Last year, Krahulec qualified for a World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York, and is on pace to do the same this year. Krahulec, who lives in Summit, is also biding for a spot to the World Junior Championships.”I really want to go,” she said. “I went two years ago – it’s a fun and good experience.”After this year, Krahulec loses her junior eligibility and hopes to race in a bunch of NorAms and pick up FIS points.



In the meantime, Krahulec will be in Minnesota for another Revolution Tour event this weekend, bum shoulder and all.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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