photo: Thomas Gustafson
Whitney McClintock matches the women’s world slalom record.
Whitney McClintock woke up Easter morning not feeling so great, “which is how life is for a skier,” she says. Yet when her grandmother asked, just a few minutes later, how she was doing, she replied, “I’m getting 2 at 41 today.”
The Isles Tricky Swerve tournament was taking place in Winter Garden, Florida, that morning, and her parents and grandparents would be there to watch her ski a pending women’s slalom world record of 2 at 41 of . (It ties Regina Jaquess’ record set on Oct. 2, 2011.) “I thought I would get it on my first round, and when I didn’t, I relaxed, thinking I’d missed my shot,” she says. “I went into my second round without any expectations, and maybe [not] putting so much pressure on myself was what I needed. I skied the course like I normally do, and then it just happened.”
Does this mean we’re in for another season dominated by Miss McClintock? “I’m getting a piece of 3 ball this year. It’s happening,” she says.