I'm almost home from the last two Olympic qualifying events in Andorra. Unfortunately in both races I got taken out in the first heat. That's part of this sport, sometimes the luck just does not line up, and things you can't control end the race early. The Olympics is not in the cards for me this year but it will be in the future. I am staying positive and I am happy to be injury free despite some major crashes. I am so incredibly thankful for all the love and support I have received from family, friends, and my awesome coaches this season. This amazing journey would not be possible without it.
I have been so happy with the way I have been riding this year, all the hard training is paying off. I am looking forward to the rest of the season which consists of X-Games next week and two World Cups in March. I CAN'T WAIT!
It has been awesome here in Andorra, what a cool place! Training today went great and tomorrow we have Qualifiers. The first race is on Saturday and then on Sunday we have qualifiers and the second race on the same day. The world cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland which was supposed to be right after Andorra, is cancelled due to lack of snow. The world cups here in Andorra will be the last two Olympic qualifiers and I can't wait to race and earn my spot to Sochi! Thank you so much for all of the support everyone I wouldn't be able to be here without it!
Here is a GoPro from a training run today at the Lake Louise World Cup. It was super cold today but the course was fun and this place is gorgeous. I'm ready to lay down a solid qualification run tomorrow!
Qualified 4th today at the World Cup in Montafon! I couldn't be more happy with the way I'm riding and I'm looking forward to some awesome racing tomorrow. Time to get after it tomorrow! I am so grateful that I have received so much support from everyone, this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for all of you! Here We Go!
Happy Thanksgiving from Austria! I am very thankful for all of the support I have received, I wouldn't be able to be where I am without it. I hope everyone has a wonderful day full of good company and food!
The season is under way! I have been training in Hintertux Austria for the last four days and it has been amazing. We have have a couple more days here with a great course and a fun crew then we head to Pitztal Austria for two more weeks of training leading right into the first World Cup in Montafon. I will keep the updates coming, thank you everyone for all the continued support!
up in Steamboat Springs Colorado has provided me with the amazing opportunity
to become a winter sports athlete. I have been competing in Snowboard Cross
since I was 10 and have been climbing the ranks ever since. From early
childhood, I have admired the flags of Steamboat Olympians in Olympian Hall. My
ultimate dream has been to have my name on a flag up there one day and now it
is time to put those dreams into reality.
a place on the international stage of Snowboard Cross took a lot of hard work
as the US has more World Cup caliber riders than any other nation. After a
successful 2012/13 season, I secured my personal spot for the World Cup competitions for the 2013/2014 season. Beating some of the top riders in the
world head to head, I know that I have what it takes to earn one of the 4
There are 5 World Cup
competitions that will be held in Europe and Canada. The results from the first 4 races will determine the top 4 Americans who will represent the USA at the
2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Training for and competing in all of the races next year rings up quite
a hefty bill. My coach and I have estimated the costs to be around $30,000 for
the upcoming season. This includes: Program and coaching fees, travel, Lodging,
and equipment expenses.
upcoming season being the most expensive one I've had yet, I am reaching out to
friends, family, and acquaintances I've met along the way for help with
funding. My amazing parents have been so generous to help me through the years with chasing my competitive ambitions while earning a college education. However, after 7 years of national and international competition, the funds have been depleted.
This summer I am getting in the best shape of my life in
preparation for the upcoming season. A weekly regimen of Manic Training, a
local endurance and cross training gym, is making me agile, quick, and strong.
Mountain biking is my new favorite form of cross training and I ride as much as
possible. I am also working for a custom home construction company building a timber frame
horse arena, and saving every
penny I earn to help reach my goals.
No donation is too small and words can't describe the
gratitude I have for your generosity in helping me on my way to the 2014 US
Olympic Team. Please share this with your family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances,
and help me network with companies and organizations that might be interested
in helping me with my Olympic Quest!