Just got home from a great couple weeks in Colorado. Well known fact, I love Colorado. The mountains, the weather, the snow, it all usually adds up to a good time.
We wrapped up the trip with a week of speed in Aspen. The Super Gs didn’t go as I wanted with a 5th and a DNF. From SG we moved into DH on a track that I’ve done well on in the past. The training run didn’t go well at all as I missed two (!) gates on probably the turniest course I’ve ever skied, in soft snow to boot. The organizers adjusted a few panels to make it slightly less turny for the race the next day, and the snow got a little better as well. I ended up 3rd and 2nd in the two NorAm DHs, which I was pumped about. It was good to be back on the podium after a tough month in January, and awesome to see Conrad Pridy get his first NorAm win and podium!
The next day was the US National Championships DH with prize money on the line, so everyone was gunning hard for the win. Being the reigning Champion I definitely wanted the win pretty badly and was stoked when I came down and saw 1 next to my name. Elation didn’t last long though as my teammate and longtime friend Louis-Pierre “Lup” Helie came down next and took over top spot. Then a funny thing happened as Morgan Pridy came down and nipped the 3rd place by 0.03s! Can you say sweep?! Needless to say the US boys were pretty ticked, but we couldn’t have been happier. Handing over a title is never fun, but there’s no one I’d rather have take it than Louis. He’s had a rough go this season (and last) with injuries and it was cool to see him lay down a kick ass run!
Home now for a few days, then back over to Europe to ski the World Cup races in Crans Montana!
Handing the Cup over to Lup. Past and current Champs!