Regina looking for first ever Moomba slalom title

Regina Jaquess had a fall 2011 season for the record books. She set a new women’s slalom world record of 2 buoys at 41 feet off, won multiple golds on her way to a Women’s overall world record at the Pan American Games and took the top spot at the Katy Ski Jam Presented by Eagle Sports.

But if her competitors were hoping that she’d cooled off over the winter, they are in for a surprise.

“We had a nice winter, so I was able to ski all through the year,” said Regina. “I never really took too much time off after the Pan Ams, I just kept on skiing and skiing.”

One of the reasons she had such a dominant fall was that because of off-season knee surgery the previous year, most of her summer she was still in a recovery phase. Fully recovered now and putting in a full off-season training regimen for the first time in a few years, Regina says that she is looking to replicate last fall’s success, but earlier in the season.

“This year I’ll hopefully be able to work on things in the early summer that I was working on in September last year,” said Regina. “I’m trying to move that peak earlier into the season and maintain it longer.”

She’ll have her first opportunity to accomplish that when she skis at the Moomba Masters later this week. She has extra motivation heading into this year’s event because it represents the one glaring hole in her slalom resume. In two previous tries she hasn’t won a slalom title on the Yarra.

“It’s really the last title I don’t have,” said Regina, who does have Moomba tricks and overall titles to her name.  “The collection would be complete.  That would be the best possible way to start the year.”

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