It’s been an emotional roller coaster for the Kona Team in Hafjell, Norway. Saturday saw Spencer Paxson dive deep into his physical and mental self as he battled the best in the world on a ruthless course full of anaerobic climbs and technical descents. Placing just outside the top 50 is a incredibly respectful position considering Spencer holds down a full-time job back in Washington State. Atta boy Spence!
For Kona Team DH athletes Connor Fearon and Andrew Crimmins, the day turned out quite disastrous. In morning training, Connor, who had been blazing the rocky Hafjell course all week, had a horrific crash that took him out of the race. At first, things looked really bad for the Australian rider, having lost his front wheel in the upper rock garden and smashing his head on a rock. Immediately rushed to the hospital and checked head to toe, Connor will be ok, suffering a fractured cheek bone and probable concussion. We wish him all the best, knowing how gutted he must be not to be riding. We were all feeling he had a legitimate shot at the podium.
Hearing about his Australian and Kona teammate going to the hospital right before his race might have rattled Andrew Crimmins, who was looking very fast this weekend and another contender to podium in the Junior Men’s DH. Unfortunately, Crimmins crashed in the rock garden as well, effectively removing him from competition.
On the bright side, and a very bright side it is, Tegan Molloy, also from Australia, won her second Junior World Championships today in fine style. Beating all comers on her Team Operator. Congrats Tegan from everyone here at Kona!