‘Andie’s Flying Circus’ tastes rare agony of defeat


‘Dinosaurs’ topple the leaders in VCs

For the first time since the opening race of last year, Andie’s Flying Circus was defeated in the Village Championships.

Racing a dual giant slalom on Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Circus fell to members of the Miramar Dinosaurs, but there were a couple of key caveats involved.

Andie’s came up with only six racers to the Dinosaurs’ 12, and were without ace racer Corey Denton, out with an injured knee, probably for the rest of the season.

The Dinosaurs took advantage of some of the new rules that allows for an expanded roster. Also, they made use of a new handicap system.

Even so, they skied well behind Nick “Lucky” Treat, who took first and second in both races. Don Merritt and Jim Dugan also skied well and got a seven-second handicap.

It might not have been enough, though.

Andie’s is still leading in the Elite Division, followed by the Dinosaurs and the Masters. In the Recreational Division, Das Schiesee Pro has a commanding lead.

Eric Smith set a dual GS that had some turn shape to it.

To Smith’s credit, everyone completed both runs, which was the first time this year that happened.

Tuesday’s race counted for two races, numbers 5 and 6, and now the racers get a break.

 The VCs are taking a two-week break due to the FIS Masters Cup and the U18 Nationals. The races will resume on March 19 with the Fifth Annual Vintage to follow.