Chantel Smith is a champion of the women in the sport of downhill, with her record breaking win at the Bowermans last year, but she is set to wear a new style of sandals this weekend as she prepares to make her third appearance in the competition.
Smith, who will not have the same time off as she did last year with her injury, has been training with her trainer Chris Rennie at the Westside Country Club for the past month and said she was happy to have the time to work with her again.
“It was great to be back and get back on track and get into a rhythm, especially because I missed a lot last year,” she said.
“I’ve been working hard with Chris to get my footwork down, so that when I’m up on the slopes I’m not going to be tired out.”
So hopefully with the right footwork and my technique I can do the same.
“She said the change to the new sandals meant she had more time to relax and enjoy the ride.”
But also being able to have a bit of a break in between, I’m enjoying it and being a little bit of the opposite.””
And it’s nice to be able to be out there and not worry about what I’m going to do, or what the weather is going to look like.”
But also being able to have a bit of a break in between, I’m enjoying it and being a little bit of the opposite.
“The time off is good and it helps me recover, so hopefully I can continue to get a bit better over the coming weeks.”
Smith, 33, won the Bowers, after winning the title at the World Cup in 2016, and won the first round of the competition in 2019.