First off, I want to thank EVERYONE who helped out this year, in any way, shape, or form. There were so many people that helped make this season possible and I am so grateful for every little, big, medium thing that people did for not only me, but the rest of the Rednecks as well. It was a great first year on Redneck Racing and I'm looking forward to many more!
I ended my last post over six months ago saying, "No more two month breaks with no posts from this guy." Technically I didn't say anything about six month breaks so I wasn't lying... I suck. I'm sorry. I kind of completely forgot I had a website. A LOT has happened since then. I went from Colorado to Finland, back to Colorado, home to Vermont, out to Panorama, back east for two months of training and racing, back west to Calgary and Nakiska, back home to Vermont, across the pond to Slovenia, back across the pond to end my season in beautiful New England. After years of being a GS "specialist" this was my first year focusing most of my energy into slalom. Although I didn't achieve my goal of earning a World Cup spot for all of next season through the Nor-Am standings, I made a ton of progress with my skiing, and am way closer to my main goal of being the fastest slalom skier in the world. Here are a few stats/highlights from my season.
-I had 10 of my 11 best FIS slalom results of my career this year, including my 5 best
-6 FIS slalom wins, which was the 4th most in the world (going into this year I hadn't won a race since 2012, and hadn't won a slalom since a Junior Race in 2006)
-11 slalom races 14 points or lower (going into this year I had two)
-First career Nor-Am slalom podium
-First career Eastern Cup win
-Won 5 consecutive FIS slaloms
Here are some photos and videos of what I've been up to over the last six months!
I decided to not travel to Europe for the month of January and instead stay home to focus on high volume training. Big thank you to Igor Vanovac at MMSC for preparing Main St like a World Cup hill, and setting courses for me whenever I asked. It was the amazing how hard the snow was all winter. The six weeks from New Years to the middle of February I skied more runs of slalom than I had in the past three years combined. I was doing double sessions almost every day, with mornings at Stowe and afternoons at Cochran's. I have never made such big strides in such a short amount of time.
My second run at the Smugg's St. Mikes Carnival
Tim and I had a time trial for the final World Cup of the season. I ended up earning the spot and flew over to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. After enduring one of the coldest winters on record in Vermont, things looked a little different in Europe. This picture was taken after training in Tarvisio, Italy, there was no snow anywhere off of the trails.
Unfortunately I blew out a couple times and ended up hiking right before the finish, but after racing 14 World Cup GS races over the last two years, it was a great experience getting into the starting gate of a slalom. I'm looking forward to many more with a bit better of an outcome. I was also really psyched to rock my camo suit on the sport's biggest stage.
US Nationals were at Sugarloaf, Maine, which is one of my all time favorite places to ski. Tim and I were first and second after the first run but I had hooked a tip about 7 gates from the finish and was disqualified. It was a bummer but I was happy with how I skied. I made a big adjustment in my skiing after Nor-Am finals and felt really fast at the end of the year. I ended my racing season winning Eastern Cup finals at Sunday River and scoring my second best FIS result of the year.
There's still a bit of snow over at Cochran's, so don't be surprised to see a few more edits before it all melts...
Anyway, it was a really fun season, it hasn't even been a month since my last race and I'm already itching to start racing again. Thanks again everyone! Hope you check in again for my next post, hopefully sooner than six months from now...