The Spring SKI-dash was shaken to the core this week when current silver medalist Mark Ross filed a protest against current gold-medalist and fan favorite Anna Rix.
No, that wasn’t what shook the organization to the core. The real upheaval came when Ross retracted his protest before the Panel of Very Serious Judges could be convened to determine whether the protest had any merit. Shocking!
Ross based his protest on Rix’s race narrative that seemed to indicate that she started from the East Gate at Creamer’s Field, instead of the required West Gate. But Rix and Ross communicated, and Rix convinced Ross enough to drop his protest.
Still, that hasn’t satisfied the Judges, especially the Lead Judge known as the Governor, who were quite upset to have their authority stripped before it was granted. They are still harrumphing about it. We have some video footage of them displaying their discontent.
But Ross still has his doubts about Rix after laying down another run, this one minutes faster than his first but still slower than Rix’s time. Ross is having a hard time believing that Rix could ski that much faster than him.
Meanwhile, Eric Troyer jumped into the competition. Currently, he is in fourth place, but he is reportedly pondering whether to try claiming third by filing a protest against current bronze medalist Mark “Asterisk” Simon.
The Judges, who are hoping both Ross and Troyer will file protests, are so excited they are singing and dancing.
The event, which is a race or a tour depending on your preference, runs until Saturday, April 18, at midnight. Read the rules here.
See the current race standings here.