Even now, having had almost two weeks to digest and process the World Championships, it’s tough to put the whole experience into words.
The two weeks I spent in Vail/Beaver Creek were totally surreal, and without a doubt held some of the happiest moments of my life. I was speaking to a friend a couple days before the races started when he asked me what my goals were for the Champs. I replied that I wanted to podium in Super G and be in the top 10 in GS. Both were pretty lofty given my previous best results; but on that snow, on that hill, and with the way I’d been skiing, I knew anything was possible.
Crossing the line in the Super G and seeing the “2” on the board was a pretty earth-shattering moment for me. I freaked out for a little bit, then just started laughing as I realized what had just happened! 2nd at World Championships, really?!?!
A few moments have really stuck with me from that day:
The first, getting a huge hug from my teammate Morgan Pridy immediately after I walked out of the finish. We’ve been through a lot together so it was great to share it with him.
Then, seeing Abby after she snuck her way into the finish, her face was absolutely priceless, and probably a lot like what mine looked like: a combination of shock, happiness, and tears.
Also, seeing my coach for the first time about 20 minutes after I raced – he just screamed “COME ONNNN” in his Italian accent.
Finally, seeing my Dad right after that, both of us crying and laughing. That was a great moment.
The awards ceremony was very, very cool, with a huge crowd, all of my teammates, and a bunch of other Canadians. Standing on the podium with a snowflake medal around my neck and seeing the Maple Leaf rise was one of the proudest moments I’ve ever experienced. The entire day was such an unbelievable experience that I could write pages and pages about it, but I’ll leave it at that!
The GS was also a career best with a 12th place, and I’m really happy with the result! About halfway down the second run my left pole broke, which threw me off a bit for the rest of the run (and also was the reason I was upset in the finish!). Despite that distraction I finished 8th on the run. So in all it was another really good day for me!
Coming home to the celebration at Mont Ste Marie was an incredible honour. Family, friends, people I’ve grown up with since I was a kid, were all there to celebrate with me. It was really touching and brought out a lot more emotion than I had anticipated!! MSM is such an awesome community and I want to thank everyone so much for supporting me all the way!