Dianna (aka Lady Di) and her husband Mark (aka Mad Dog) were excited to leave their home in Kentucky to head up to Vermont for the NASTAR Eastern Championships at Okemo on Thursday, January 31st. Die-hard NASTAR racers since 2002 the Miller’s never miss out on a chance to race. “I got hooked on NASTAR right after my daughter was born,” said Lady Di. “With our ski trips I would go and jump on the NASTAR course. My husband would ask me where I was going and I would tell him, ‘I’m going to go race NASTAR!’ So if he wanted to hang out with me he would have to race too,” she said with giggle. Her trip to Okemo turned out to be one of the most intense and nerve racking experiences since she started racing.
The plan was to fly out of Lexington, KY on Thursday, Jan. 31st, to Syracuse, NY, with a connecting flight in Detroit to meet up with their friend Dave Perrigo before driving up to Okemo. The Miller’s flight was changed three times due to a storm hitting the Northeast but they finally boarded their plane that evening and landed in Syracuse late Thursday night only to realize their travel nightmare had only just begun. Lady Di’s skis failed to keep up with all the flight changes and they didn’t make it onto the same flight as Lady Di.
Lost in the scanning process, Lady Di’s skis had been flown to JFK airport - right state wrong airport. She was told that her skis would be flown from JFK back to Detroit and then over to Syracuse, so Lady Di made a trip back to the Syracuse airport to retrieve her beloved skis only to be thrown for another twist. The skis had not been put on the flight for the transfer and they were still at JFK.
In true Lady Di fashion her skis would arrive with style and class, after all they don’t call her Lady Di for nothing. “I got my nickname back in college because I would always dressed nice and I liked the theater and it just stuck.” After being hand transported from JFK to LaGuardia Airport by the JFK baggage manager, Moses, the skis were flown to Manchester, NH and then delivered to Lady Di’s hotel door at 4AM by a personal driver from the Manchester Airport.
With her skis finally in her possession Lady Di was ready to hit the slopes and race. The stress of the lost skis was over and done with, now all she had to do was have fun and do what she loves, race NASTAR. Lady Di's Eastern Championship races went well but she placed second in her division. “I was beat by 2 tenths, but that’s racing and one of these days...” said Lady Di with her infectious giggle.
The second place finish qualified Lady Di for the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships at Snowmass, CO March 21-24 and she plans on competing this year and every year after. “I’m going to keep racing as long as my body lets me.” Lady Di is hoping for a less stressful trip to Aspen/Snowmass so that she can focus on winning a National Title and talking to Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso rather than Moses in baggage services at the airline.