Two weeks ago, the wonderful Lucie Amundsen invited me to check out a downhill ski race at Chester Bowl (Chicken Noodle Duluth was recorded directly beforehand). She thought it might be a good place to learn about what goes on in Duluth and have a little fun at the same time. Boy, was she right.
Little squirts, hurtling down the hill, tucking into their crouch to shave off a few hundredths. Others, pizza-ing down the hill at exactly the speed they like. All smiling when they take off their helmet (or have their helmet taken off for them).
Parents, almost interchangeable, buzzing around and solving any problem they can get their hands on. Others, cheering and ringing cow bells and chatting.
I spent a couple hours at the Chester Bowl downhill ski race on 1/15, carrying a microphone around, trying to capture the event in whatever ways I could. The following is a short audio story about the experience:
From what I’ve seen, parents in Duluth seem to be the kinds that will let their kids figure things out for themselves. Cheering on the little ones as they zip down the across the finish line of a downhill ski race is the epitome of this idea, and I’m so happy I could be part of the audience for an afternoon.
(After the jump, more photos (and a rad .gif) from the event.)