April 12, 2018

Hi all!

This will be my final athlete journal of the season with the Alberta Ski Team, so first off, I would like to thank everyone – including parents and sponsors – for all the support you have given myself and the rest of the team this season. Its been a ton of fun and a pretty solid season for most of us.

We just finished up this past week in Panorama (my home hill) for a tech series with a couple super-g races stacked on the front end of the week. I personally had a great time, it was fantastic to be able to ski at my home hill and sleep in my own bed for a race. The weather was awesome for most of the week and the snow held up the best we’ve seen anywhere for a tech race this year. It also helps that I had my best results of the year in all three events this week, which was extremely satisfying. It was a big turnaround for me as my season has been a bit lackluster to say the least. I’ll be honest, it was a tough season, and for the most part I found myself in a bit of a rut, unable to get the results I wanted. It was also tough watching a solid chunk of the team drop out due to injury, as we got further into the season the team seemed to get smaller and smaller. I should also put it out there that it’s going to be hard to watch some of the team ski their last race runs ever in the coming races at Nakiska. We’ve all become super close throughout the season, from Saas Fee to now and I’d like to thank the team so much for making the season fun and interesting.

But enough of the gloomy stuff, as easy as it is to talk about, it’s not what anyone wants to hear. With that said I would like to talk about what it feels like to begin overcoming a rut like that, and I have to say it was really exhilarating. Throughout the year I was really getting used to finishing a run and just knowing by the feeling in my stomach that I would be rather displeased when I got to the timing board. It sucked even more to consistently be right. It was really starting to bog me down, I got so far into my own head that even in training it was almost like my subconscious got to decide whether or not I skied well on any given day. I was so used to this total inconsistency and inability to perform on my own demand that when I got to the bottom of the first super-g run at Pano and I didn’t feel that hollow numbness in my stomach, I didn’t know what to think. There was still a twinge of uncertainty of what I’d see when I walked up to the timing board, but when I saw that I had skied into the top 30 in an event that I’d never been particularly good at, I was ecstatic! I wasn’t quite as confident for the second super-g but still skied a result for the year. As for the GS I felt as though I had a new life in my skiing, and even though I think I had another gear, I still skied to my best results of the year and it was the same in the slalom. But being able to ski my run and smiling at the bottom just as I had been able to do in my first training stint in Saas Fee, was quite possibly the most invigorating sensation I have ever experienced in my career as a ski racer. Once again, I felt the love for sport the same way I felt it when I first joined the Team Panorama Ski club in 2008. I hope to continue the trend in Nakiska and plan to give my friends on the team that are ending this chapter in their story a proper send off.

Those of us that are still skiing next year are super stoked for the coming season, and really excited to see what transpires on the circuit in the upcoming year. Once again I would like to send out a thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters, Alpine Insurance, Descente, Sporting Life, Dale of Norway, Nakiska, Ski Big 3, Silvertip Resort, Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge and Western GMC Buick, as well as a personal thanks to our awesome coaching staff, everybody’s parents and the volunteers for all the races, you all are what make the sport happen and help motivate us to move forward with our careers!

I would be remiss not to acknowledge the tragedy that occurred just recently with regards to the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. However, I chose to leave it to the end so as to recognize the significance of this event to us as a sporting community. With that said I extend my most solemn condolences to those families affected and to anybody who might be connected to any of the victims. We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

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