McGarry was in Alpe d’Huez, France.The reason for the acclaim was her two consecutive wins of the Arnold Lunn CIT World Cup in Super G.
On Friday Jan 28th Kirsten showed a clean pair of heels to her competitors from five other nations, winning by a margin of 1.40 seconds which was described by the race organisers as “dominating the race”. However on Saturday Kirsty’s margin increased to a phenomenal 2.44 seconds, decimating the rest of the field in a remarkable time that would have put her well into the top ten of the men’s race.
McGarry is in her third year at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, where she is studying to become a physiotherapist, and she squeezed in training time during the Christmas break, and had hoped to participate in the World University Games for Ireland, however she was not selected.
Kirsty said“It’s an honour to win these CIT World Cup Races which are named after Sir Arnold Lunn, who was the founder of alpine ski racing and also of my own ski club, the Kandahar. I really enjoyed my runs in both of the races, it is always a huge pleasure to ski on an interesting piste and this one in Alpe d’Huez is a great one; in fact I have crashed on it before! But most of all I am pleased that skiing well here and I know that my college is looking forward to seeing the two trophies when I get home next week”
Super G defined: SG is arguably the most exacting of the alpine ski disciplines; it combines bravery and speed on a course which, unlike downhill, the racers have not been permitted training runs, with the requirement to plan a fast line and ski it technically as well as a Giant Slalom. SG courses have blind rollers or corners where the skier must remember the right line to avoid injury and ski a fast time.