Adaptive Actions Sports Co-founder and USASA member Amy Purdy has been getting some great coverage recently including an article on ESPN.com and another with CNN.com. Check out the links below!
USASA Nationals concluded just under one week ago, and there is word that some competitors are still resisting to take off their medals. Here at USASA, we view that as a pretty big sign of success! Objectively, however, we had ski and snowboard athletes come from 49 of 50 the United States from their respective series, as well as a small number of international competitors. This culminated in a total 1,641 competitors, and over 2,500 single event entries in slopestyle, slalom, halfpipe, giant slalom, and boardercross/skiercross.
Hope everyone had a good fall. I was lucky enough to go to Austria for 2 months and get some early shreddin done with my lady. The second day I arrived we took a 8 hour drive to Bispingen, Germany where I found my favorite place in the world, which was called the SNOW DOME. This place was an indoor mountain, filled with tons of rails, boxes, and even a mini jump.
I hope you all have had a great winter so far and are pumped and ready for Nationals! I know I am!
This past month I've been riding all over the place from the USASA Rail Jam at X Games, up to Canada for the Canadian Open, to the other side of the world to Norway for World Championships, back over to the West Coast to California for the Grand Prix and then to end it all in Vermont for the US Open..... Crazy!!! I won't lie, it's a ton of fun but you get pretty run down and tired after awhile. ehh (but still, TONS of fun!)
The past years have never been great for me at the Open. Words like "rain", "ice", "wind", "disappointment" and "pressure" have all played a part in my not so favorable finishes. I say this because after this year all those past bad memories have been replaced.
This years USO was sunny and soft pretty much the whole week! That and I was riding well enough to score my first major podium finish. I went into finals hoping that if I rode my best I might be able to finish in the top 5, I guess you could say I exceeded my expectations. Here's how it all went down.