Silvaplana, SUI – World Cup Finals

Finals day! Very stoked to once again be apart of the finals and this crazy field of skiers! Today definitely wasn’t the greatest day weather wise. It was a little bit cloudy and had flat light, which can make it difficult to tell the landing and the sky apart from each other, which is pretty key when your flipping in the air haha!

Anyway I was definitely feeling a lot better than I was in qualifiers because I had actually managed to get some sleep last night! It’s a little bit harder to get into the zone in practice when the weather isn’t the greatest, so I just did my normal routine and made sure I had the right speed.

 Hiking up to the start gate  Photo: Philip Zuan

Hiking up to the start gate
Photo: Philip Zuan

My plan for this final was to lay it all out on the line. I was planning to do something I had never done in a slopestyle run before. I was going to incorporate my double cork 1620 (which is mainly my big air trick) into my run on the last jump. I wanted to try and push myself in this final and see where it would bring me! On run 1 I was pretty nervous obviously, but at the same time I was really focused. Everything was going perfect until the last jump, I think I may have gotten a bit to excited and took off to early causing the rotation of my trick to be off and I went down.

 Woodsy giving me some props before my run!  Photo: Philip Zuan

Woodsy giving me some props before my run!
Photo: Philip Zuan

Before the next run I was very confused on what to do. I wasn’t sure if I should go for it again or try to stick with the run I did in qualifiers. The weather wasn’t getting any better, and after a little while of thinking about it I decided it would be best to stick with the old run because of the weather. In the end it unfortunately didn’t matter. On the first jump I came up short, which I was not expecting at all and that ended my second run. I was really disappointed it didn’t work out but I always try to take the positives out and the main one was that I was not injured. I ended up finishing 16th in the finals.

I still am proud of myself on the first run for going for it. It really put me more outside my comfort zone, which I feel like is a big part of progressing in my sport!

 The never ending line up….  Photo: Philip Zuan

The never ending line up….
Photo: Philip Zuan

  Photo: Philip Zuan

Photo: Philip Zuan

I’m just going to try to stay positive and move onto the next one! I am heading off to the Czech Republic for another big air contest, which I am stoked about!