Eagle-Vail’s Del Bosco second in Sweden
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BRANAES, Sweden ” Eagle-Vail’s Chris Del Bosco is starting to make this podium thing a habit.
Entering the season, Del Bosco didn’t have a World Cup skiercross podium to his name. Tuesday, he earned his third podium finish since January with a silver in Branaes, Sweden.
This follows in the wake of a second-place finish in Les Contamines, France, last month and his first World Cup win in Cypress Mountain Feb. 6.
Racing for the Canadian National Team, Del Bosco, who has dual-citizenship, used all of his skill and a bit of luck to overcome a poor qualifying time for podium No. 3.
Qualifying for the race in 21st, Del Bosco was left with poor lone choices in his first two heats as well as the semifinal and final runs. The luck came when Del Bosco was left the inside lane in his first three races. The skill came when he executed near perfect passes to capitalize on the gifts.
The first heat saw Del Bosco and Norwegian Audun Groenvold battling it out to the first turn with Groenvold eventually taking the lead. Del Bosco slipped into second and waited patiently to the final stretch and then, using a move that would serve him well all day, drafted Groenvold down the stretch and sling-shotted by him at the line to take the heat.
“I’ve been watching a lot of NASCAR,” Del Bosco said. “It was a perfect lane for me to launch the slingshot and I kept going back to it all day.”
The quarterfinal heat was basically a replay of the first with the inside lane being left to Del Bosco. Settling into second spot behind Groenvold out of the start, again, Del Bosco lay in wait for the battle at the line where he employed the draft to his advantage to take the heat.
In the semifinal heat, Del Bosco was in the inside lane where he battled to gain ground on Sweden’s Lars Lewen, Groenvold and Austria’s Patrick Koller. Managing to move past Groenvold at the second turn, Del Bosco settled into third spot and waited for the final drag strip where he successfully drafted Lewen and Koller to win the heat at the line.
The final heat saw Del Bosco face off against Lewen, Switzerland’s Michael Schmid and Casey Puckett. Lewen had terrific starts all day and quickly took the hole shot and moved out in front with Schmid settling into second spot.
Del Bosco and Puckett battled for position at the rear of the pack. Puckett left a small hole on the fourth turn and Del Bosco was able to shoot the gap and move into the third spot. Waiting patiently until till the final strip, Del Bosco drafted Schmid, overtaking him on the final jump to take second
“(Last week’s event in) Norway was disappointing,” Del Bosco said. “But today was all about the pass and I battled all day.”
Next stop for Del Bosco and the Canadian team is Inawashiro, Japan, next week.