Ohhhh hey there cyber world!
I was hoping to get this written more mid-season than 3/4 of the way through. I wanted to update everyone on my ski career and getting back on my feet.
Most of you know based off all of my posts that it’s been a few years since I competed. The previous two seasons I took A LOT of time off from skiing. Last year I helped launch an all-girls freeski team named She Shreds. That was the only thing last season that helped me find a love for the sport again. To be honest, I had never been the one to spend a lot of time with kids. Discovering the ability to really motivate the younger generation in a sport that I have been more passionate about than anything in my life was something is one of the greatest gifts. The majority of my days last season were spent coaching and I maybe had 10 days on my own. It was the least amount of days I had ever skied in a season.
This year I felt this spark going into the 2013-14 season. I am once again coaching my team but I finally felt like I wanted to push myself again. Since my head injury in 2010 I have had a hard time overcoming the fear of pushing myself on jumps. I think these past two years have allowed me to really want to push myself for me, and not because I’m trying to impress someone or end up on a podium.
The snow conditions have been anything but ideal this year so it truly gave me the opportunity to take it slow getting my feet wet in the park again.
I started hitting smaller jumps, working on 360’s and as of last month finally started throwing my favorite trick again, rodeo 5’s.
I’ve had 4 photoshoots already this season which is 3 more than the previous year. We’ve been stacking banger shots all year and I couldn’t imagine having more fun while doing it. I don’t think I can remember having a smile on my face this much. I’m fortunate to have good friends of mine who are photographers. Both Kat and Max are new to the scene of shooting park skiing so it was really fun to work off each other with angles of the photos. Huge thanks to Kat Smith and Max Monahan for shooting with me so much this season. I look forward to some more shoots and a continued relationship!!
As some of you may have read, I did sustain a knee injury a couple weeks ago. As of right now it doesn’t look too serious and I’m getting back on my skis tomorrow to see how bad it truly is. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
This was the shot that that led to what I thought was a season ender. This is one of the coolest shots I’ve had in years. I will never say a shot is worth an injury, but I’m still stoked we nailed it 🙂
Cant thank all my friends, followers and sponsors enough for all the support!!
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Rock on it Shanny!!!