Aspen, CO – The Long One
It was a bright and early start for me this morning with a 7am wake up call and on the hill jumping by 8:30…. Definitely a little to early for me haha! The good thing was that I woke up to a banger day so that made it a little easier to get out of bed.
It was basically straight to the show this morning, a couple laps of training and then straight into semi’s. I dropped in the middle of the pack, which is in my opinion the best place to drop in. My hip/pelvis was definitely feeling better than yesterday and I was feeling super on point today!
I dropped in for my first run and everything went pretty much perfectly how I planned except a few minor bobbles. My score came in and it was in the high 80’s, which had pretty much guaranteed me a spot into the finals so I was hyped! On my second run I decided I might as well go for it cause I had nothing to lose. I tried my harder run that I was going to do in finals and ended up landing it perfectly and scoring a 93! I was super stoked my run scored into the 90’s and it definitely gave me a lot of confidence going into the finals!
After semi’s was over we had about 45 minutes to kill, which was just enough time to grab a snack and some water before heading back out. We got one practice lap and then it was game time! I still was feeling like I had energy left which was awesome, the only thing that changed was that the wind picked up a little bit so I had to be very cautious coming into the jumps so I didn’t get blown down the landing too far.
On my first run I came up short on the second jump and took a fall because of the wind switching directions on me. Once the second run came around I was definitely feeling the nerves flowing. The wind was kind of all over the place and it had taken out a few of the finalists already. I started my second run with the rail section and everything went the best it had gone all week, and that set the mood for the run. In my head I knew I had it and I was sure I was going to land, but on the second jump I caught a gust of wind which took me so far down the landing there was no way I could put it to my feet and I slammed down pretty hard. I was ok but very, very frustrated, and I kind of hit the spot on my hip/pelvis where I have been hurt so that didn’t help things. I ended up finishing 15th, not the result I wanted but better than I was expecting considering the crash.
By this point I was exhausted. It was about 2:30pm and training was about to start for the big air contest. I decided I was going to sacrifice most of the training so I could get something to eat and hydrate myself. I figured this would be the only way I would be able to make it to the end of the day, especially after taking a hard fall in slope finals and having not much energy left. I made it out in time for 2 practice laps and then qualifiers for big air was on. There were 2 heats of about 30 athletes each and the top 5 from each heat would go through to the 10 man final tomorrow. It was a risky move skipping some of the practice but I was able to pull myself together and put down a trick that I was pretty confident would get me into finals, and it did just that. I qualified 3rd in my heat and was moving onto finals! It was definitely a great feeling after having bad luck in the slope finals to be able to have another shot at a podium for tomorrow! And what a relief it was after the day was done, now all I have to do is focus all of my energy and rest on the big air finals tomorrow morning!!
Stay tuned for the big air finals!