A New Beginning!

It has been way too long since my last update to possibly cover everything that has happened since then! Cutting straight to the chase-- I placed second in the final Nor-Am GS of the year, .09 of a second behind the winner Trevor Philp of Canada, and finished 3rd among North Americans in the standings with 249 points. Finishing third means I just missed out on a guaranteed World Cup spot by 5 points. I also scored my lowest FIS result of my life in that race. Needless to say I experienced a bizarre array of emotions that day ranging from feeling ecstatic, to being bummed out, to feeling invigorated and drained, all at the same time. It was the second time I have finished 3rd in the Nor-Am season standings, the first time was two years ago when I missed 2nd place by an entire 21 points. 

It was so windy during the Slalom races at Waterville that the lifts closed and we had to inspect and get to the start the old fashioned way.

This hike made you appreciate char lifts.

This hike made you appreciate char lifts.

Any other event other than slalom would have been cancelled. PC: Kim Bownes

Any other event other than slalom would have been cancelled. PC: Kim Bownes

I had a few more good races to to finish up up Nor-Am finals, U.S. Nationals, and spring series to end the season. A career low FIS result and 2nd place finish at the Sunday River spring series Super-G solidified my world rankings, guaranteeing me a spot on the team next year. I am very grateful for the support I got from the U.S. Team coaches and serviceman I got last season as an invitee, and I also learned a lot about myself traveling and planning my logistics at times. Driving stick shift across Europe with no GPS by myself was an invaluable experience I may never get to do again, but ultimately I am very excited to be 100% back with the U.S. Team. I got to race three World Cups last season (Adelboden, SUI; Garmisch, GER; and Kranjska Gora, SLO) and I am looking forward to working towards racing more next season. This season wouldn't have been possible without overwhelming support from all of my sponsors and supporters, so THANK YOU to everyone who made last season possible! Below is a youtube video with some of my best race runs from last season, and a few random photos from the road.

Training in Reiteralm, Austria

Training in Reiteralm, Austria

Morning leg swings with the boys training at Hinterstoder.

Morning leg swings with the boys training at Hinterstoder.

Me, Rubie, T-Ford, Chowder, Jit, and Mark after a morning of training on the World Cup hill in Hinterstoder.

Me, Rubie, T-Ford, Chowder, Jit, and Mark after a morning of training on the World Cup hill in Hinterstoder.

A shot from the Garmisch World Cup last season. It was the longest GS of the season, with times reaching 1:30 for one run! PC: Agence Zoom

A shot from the Garmisch World Cup last season. It was the longest GS of the season, with times reaching 1:30 for one run! PC: Agence Zoom

Rubie's home made RISK board while training in Austria.

Rubie's home made RISK board while training in Austria.

The greatest card that ever lived. Megacart 

The greatest card that ever lived. Megacart 

Kranjska Gora Start. Good Vibes from Bryce and Ronnie.

Kranjska Gora Start. Good Vibes from Bryce and Ronnie.

After the season I completed my 8th of 12 terms at Dartmouth, so I am officially 2/3 done with College! After finishing school I went straight to Mt. Hood, Oregon for one week of training with the U.S. Team, and one week coaching with Tichy Racing Camps. It was my first time really coaching younger kids, and I had a blast. It was by far the least snow I have seen in Mt. Hood, but it was also the best snow! After two weeks in Hood I drove to Park City where I am now, working out every day getting ready for New Zealand. I am looking forward to getting a quick fishing trip in at home before heading down under for almost a month of on snow training. 

I already posted a summary of my plans for next season here earlier. Basically, as a member of the B-Team I need to raise $20,000 to help cover my expenses. My goal is to score as many World Cup points as possible to establish my World Cup ranking and position myself for a medal at 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. I'm working to improve my relationships with my current team of supporters, while also always looking to expand my team. If you are interested in joining my team for this season, please contact me or visit the donation station. 

Thanks for reading!

K