This lovely bonnet is the prize I won at this year's Starlight Challenge.
Not for skiing fastest.
Not for having the smallest differential.
Not even for skiing slowest...
While racing last weekend, I took a tumble that left a gate looking like spilled matchsticks and me feeling slightly more dazed and confused than usual.
I skied too fast and low into the turn at one gate, causing me to slide then slam sideways into the gate below. The result catapulted me ass-over-tea kettle down the hill and straight into the Starlight Challenge record books... with the dubious title of "Best Crash".
I smacked my head quite hard on the snow, but my helmet did its job. I was also bruised up a bit, but skied away from the fall none the worse for wear.
Needless to say, my times at the wind-up last night were considerably slower...