Crash not enough to take down Holmes & Ober in A-Basin race |

Crash not enough to take down Holmes & Ober in A-Basin race

JULIE SUTORsummit daily newsSummit County, Colorado

ARAPAHOE BASIN – “Do you want some more Ibuprofen?”Those were the words that greeted Enduro champion Ollie Holmes as he cruised to the bottom of Arapahoe Basin’s Pallavicini Lift Wednesday afternoon. Holmes, and his five-time partner Jamie Ober, won the annual downhill endurance ski race for the fifth time, even though Holmes suffered an injury less than two hours into the competition.”I had a crash on the 11th lap, and I dislocated my shoulder,” Holmes said. “It put us seven or eight minutes back, and we played catch-up the whole day.”Enduro participants compete in teams of two, racing to log as many laps on the Pali chair as possible from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holmes and Ober, who took the crown for the fourth time, completed 67 laps.Holmes said he was in considerable pain for the 15-20 laps after his fall, “but after that, I was feeling pretty good.”Racers said conditions were challenging in the morning, with cold temperatures keeping the snow surface hard and chunky after the previous day’s thaw.”It was rugged first thing, for sure,” Ober said. “Maybe some of the worst I’ve been in (the Enduro).”Before Holmes’s injury, Ober said the pair had a good feeling they could wind up on top of the podium again.”We were right in record territory at the beginning. We started to smoke those guys, and then Ollie hurt himself.”Once Holmes popped his shoulder back into place and took a few laps, the team decided not to take their eyes off the prize.”I knew it would take hours, but we could reel it in,” Ober said.And reel it in they did, for victory No. 4.

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