This is Cassie. I have had a pretty good start to my season this year. At the Copper Mountain Race to the Cup, I finished 5th in Giant Slalom and 2nd in the new event Triple Slalom. Triple Slalom is what people are now looking at to eventually replace the traditional Slalom. In Slalom (like Giant slalom), all racers take a time trial run on a red course and a blue course. Their times are added together, and the top 16 (those with the lowest combined times) advance to the finals, where they participate in a series of two-run races to try to advance as far as they can. If a racer advances to either “big finals” (the race to determine 1st and 2nd place) or “small finals” (the race to determine 3rd and 4th place), they will have done a total of ten race runs that day! Riders must be in excellent condition to compete at this level.
WE MADE IT to 2012. I am not sure if I am excited or scared and I will tell you why. I have already had two ACL surgeries and a bone bruise all on the same knee. I just got tested in November in Utah at the Olympic Training Center to see if I can compete. I found out that my knee isn’t ready yet. I am not allowed to compete in half-pipe or boardercross. I am still happy I can free ride. I have been going to the gym as much as I can and also got on a strict diet to try and build muscle on that knee.
Hope you all had a good time during the holidays. Im really pumped on the past few days and getting a bunch of snow finally! I have been pretty much just dedicating this season so far to working my way back to a healthy body, training, and possibly doing some select competitions. I'm just getting back on snow over the past month due to a herniated disc in my lower back.
Hey everyone, Stassel here.
I hope everyone's still hanging in there with the lack of snow we have. It will come... don't worry.
All you can really do is make the best of it. I've been out at Boreal about every day riding in a sweat-shirt, gloveless and hatless and I wont lie... it's been quite nice! haha. STILL THOUGH.. !!!Pray for snow!!!
As always, the Copper Grand Prix started off this season with a bang! The pipe got better every day, and it was awesome getting to see everyone after some time off. I ended up landing one run in the qualifiers, but in the end I didn’t make it to finals. Although I didn’t make it, it was a good time watching some other Burton girls throw down in the final! Congrats to Kelly Clark on the win, and to Maddy Schaffrick on making such an amazing comeback with second!
Wishing everyone a happy holiday! I’m super excited to get home: It’s been a long month in Colorado! After a few weeks of fundamental work with my coach Dave and A LOT of drills, and I am definitely happy to rest for a while.
This past month, I made the decision to not compete as much as I had last season (doing Grand Prix, Dew Tour, USASA Nationals, and both events in Rev Tour). I skipped the Grand Prix along with the Dew Tour and only entered Rev Tour Slope, which I competed in today.