What’s up everybody! After an amazing season last year that ended with a Nor-Am champion title, I began to plan this year way differently than I had expected. With the Nor-Am title, I have the opportunity to compete in every World Cup and Olympic qualifier. I was so excited to get the chance to compete at the top level Boardercross races that I decided I would focus all of my time on the upcoming season instead of attending Colorado University at Boulder which I will plan on doing next summer. I started off this summer with hard workouts and the US Team camp at Mt. Hood. The camp was a great training opportunity but it ended early for me when I dislocated my elbow on a hip jump. The injury definitely set me back on training and I was so bummed that I wasn’t able to attend the Pacsun Team camp at Woodward. My elbow healed quickly and I was back to training for the first World Cup in Chapelco, Argentina. I traveled to Argentina with the US team, I am not on the team but they were amazing at including me in all of the training, coaching, and helping me with my first World Cup. It was so much fun getting to know all of the riders and coaches on the team.
The weather wasn’t what we hoped for in Bariloche and the training facilities were less than expected because of the lack of snow. The rainy days turned into watching movies and long games of poker. It was still great to get back on snow and Bariloche was a really fun place to be. A five hour bus ride to Chapelco turned into two snowy days and some awesome pow turns. The weather was much better than Bariloche but the snow from the first two days started melting fast with some warm days. When the course was finally built for the World Cup, it was time to figure out how to ride it. The training day went well and I had the course mostly dialed in except there was a technical section out of the start that still had me somewhat confused. In my qualifying runs, a single mistake in the tricky top section cost me a lot of time and I was just outside of the top 32.
At first I was pretty upset that I missed qualifying but then I realized how much I had learned from the competition and I saw what it takes to compete with the best in the world. It was such an eye-opening experience running the course with all my idols of the sport. I know that I have what it takes to race at that level and it was so great to understand the small things that I can work on to make me faster. When I got back to Steamboat I was so ready for it to be winter and the summer weather was frustrating. I hope I’ll be able to make it through the next month before I can get back on snow but I wish I could click fast forward. My next competition is the second World Cup in Telluride and I have a lot of preparing to do to be at the top of my game and get a much better result than my first World Cup. I’m working with an awesome trainer six days a week and I will be training on snow as soon as it comes. I can’t wait for the rest of the season and I’m so excited for what’s to come.