Lucinda Dilworth insists the success she found at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships exceeded her wildest expectations after finishing the week with a silver medal on Sunday.
The women’s National Junior Championship giant slalom race was contested in Tignes, France on the final day of action and Dilworth’s time of 2:23.54 minutes saw her take silver behind Yasmin Cooper in the U18 category.
That was a third medal of the Championships for the 17-year-old after she won the U18 prize in the senior giant slalom race and also took U18 slalom silver.
And while the level of success the Milton Keynes skier found in the French Alps surprised her, the teenager believes her marked improvements year on year bode well for the future.
“It feels pretty good to end up with U18 silver and that was certainly a lot better than I was expecting coming in to the race,” said Dilworth.
“I’m really happy with how I skied – it was pretty good and the course was a lot nicer than the other day. I really enjoyed it.
“I think I’m quite happy with how I did at the Championships and it was definitely better than I did last year. It’s a massive improvement which is good.
“I didn’t expect to podium much or at all really, so I’m very happy to have done so well.
“It gives me confidence going forward, especially in GS when I got one of my personal best scores in the other race.”
The Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships run until April 1 and are the biggest event of the year for the British ski racing world – with Delancey as the principal sponsor for the sixth year running.
Dilworth’s season is not over yet as she gears up for more races in the coming weeks but she is already looking to the future and keen to continue her progression.
“Next week I’m off to Pila to do another series of races there, so hopefully I can continue my good form,” added Dilworth.
“Long-term I just want to get better, score lower and hopefully next year do even better.”
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