Ottawa Sportspage: Celebrating 5 Years!
The 2017 World Alpine Ski Championships kick off tomorrow with downhill training runs in St Moritz, Switzerland. I’m super excited to be here (especially considering a year ago I was just starting to do squats at this point) and ready to get going!
I just wanted to take a second to say a huge thank you to my sponsors and supporters. It’s a tough road for any athlete to get to the World Cup, and not having to worry about funding is a huge burden that is lifted when companies or individuals come to bat for you. I’ve been lucky to have some great sponsors over the past many years, namely the Sprott Money group, and The Silver Group. Sprott Money was a headgear sponsor for many years, and is now proudly displayed on my shoulder, and The Silver Group has been a shoulder patch sponsor since I was in my teens (feeling old! ;). Both companies and the people behind them have supported me through thick and thin over the years, and have provided me with a lot of awesome opportunities outside the world of sport.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Marler & Associates, they’ve been by my side since I was on the Development Team, helping me out in too many ways to count!
And of course I wouldn’t get anywhere very quickly without my equipment sponsors. I feel fortunate to have been with most of the companies I partner with for years, and it’s great to know they have my back. HEAD, Oakley, Helly Hansen, Sweet Protection, Swix. These are all products I believe in and would be using regardless!
A huge thanks to everyone that supports me, I wouldn’t be here without you and I truly appreciate it!
It’s tough to believe it’s already 2017 and that we’re 1/3 of the way through the World Cup season already, but here we are!
It’s been a bit of a strange season so far, with Lake Louise getting cancelled early on, and Beaver Creek getting (prematurely) cancelled due to “lack of snow” in the West. A huge bummer for the exrth American teams, which meant we had to go over to Europe early and lose our only home races. But the tour must go on and we had makeup races in Val d’sere and Santa Caterina.
It’s been awesome to be back on the circuit! The work I put in all of last year while on the sidelines, and this summer returning to snow has been paying off and I feel great on my skis. The mental aspect of returning to competition was a bit tougher than I expected, especially my first race back, which was in Val d’sere.
For a full year I had been anticipating and preparing for my first race back to be on a track I knew (Lake Louise, followed by Beaver Creek) so the change in schedule was a bit of a wrench in that program. But, all things considered I’m pretty happy with a 13th in that race. I had a huge mistake up top, but put my nose into it and was one of the fastest on the bottom. I followed that up on a track I’m familiar with in Val Gardena with a 6th place. I’m really proud of that one and it showed me that I can be back with the best of the best where I believe I belong.
FIS threw another wrench in the program for the North American contingent, rescheduling the cancelled Lake Louise Super G in Santa Caterina over Christmas. That meant an extended stay in Europe and no Christmas with family back home.
The race in Santa Caterina was definitely one of my worst performances in a long time. A lot of things went into it but in the end there are no excuses and I just need to learn from it and be better at the next one. The part that bugs me the most is that I’m skiing well and fast right now, so to throw away a great opportunity like that is such a bummer.
As we enter the New Year there is still plenty of racing left to be done this season, with some exciting races coming up. Kitzbuhel, World Champs, Garmisch, Norway, WC Finals in Aspen to name a bunch.
After a hectic few weeks I’m taking a few days off snow to get a couple workouts in, and recharge my brain for a long stint of Europe time coming up!
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