EDSS’ Taylor Doering returned home from the Ontario alpine skiing championship on Mar. 1 with a pair of bronze medals thanks to a pair of tremendous runs in the Level 1 Boys’ Giant Slalom on Feb. 28 and the Level 1 Boys’ Slalom on Mar. 1.
The Heidelberg resident was the school’s only representative at OFSAA this year having earned a berth as the top Level 1 individual skier at CWOSSA at Georgian Peaks two weeks earlier with a time of 49.54 seconds.
After the first run of the day on Feb. 28, Taylor sat in fourth place with a time of 39.04 seconds. For his second run, he managed to shave nearly two seconds off his time to finish at 37.09 seconds for a combined time of 76.11 seconds, narrowly missing out on a silver medal by only 0.07 seconds.
The next day, Doering participated in the Slalom event. Again, he finished fourth after the first run with a time of 38.99 seconds, but again managed to improve on that initial time during his second run, this time improving by 0.38 seconds to finish at 38.61 seconds and with a combined time of 77.60, which was good for third place and another bronze medal. He missed silver by just under two seconds.
His coach, Terry Lapalme, was very proud of his performance.
“Taylor is a strong, disciplined skier. His form is confident and consistent, which translates into solid, completed runs every time,” she said.
“He knew he had to step up his game so that his combined times put him on the podium […] He proved that he could come from behind and close the gap.”