Half Pipe Skiing: Insanity?
It's all relative, I worked my way up to it, I was a big mountains skier, jumping off cliffs, and getting the feeling of being in the air and transferred that over to jumping and tried the half pipe in my teenage years and I loved it. I've built my skills up little by little, and in the half pipe you can go a slow as you want, at first and as you get confident, go a little faster. If you put the time in, you'll be at the level where you can do tricks and get 10-15 feet of air. It isn't something that happens overnight, you've got to put in the time.
Watching Yourself Ski:
I watch videos with my coach, to see where I can make changes. It's very seldom that I see myself skiing and don't have something that I want to improve on. I think that's part of being an athlete on competition circuit, you're always trying to push for something a little bit better, cleaner, more style, better grabs. There's always something you can be working on.
They will be announcing the team officially in January. They see how everyone does across the 5 events that they've picked for the Olympic trials. There is definitely going to be people who are front runners stand out in the first few events, but nothing is official until the 5 events are over. They go mainly off of points, but there's also the discretionary spots and the coaches get in on that, anything can happen. They're gonna know whos going to be in a spot to place and metal at the Olympics. I think it's cool that they have the opportunity to give input if need be, when the points are close, or the rankings are close.
I train in Utah, at the Park City Mountain Resort, there's a great gym up there for the US Team. I'm actually from Bellingham Washington and that mountain is know for it's powder snow and its natural terrain. It wasn't until I moved away from home that I got into half pipe. We've got a grand prix in Park City in January and that will be our last event for our Olympic trials and they'll be announcing the team after the Park City event.
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How Can We Watch?
Most of the events will be televised, or it will be live streaming, you can find out more information at fis-ski.com. You can also go to afpworldtour.com that has all the information about events and where to find coverage. You can follow me on twitter, facebook, and instagram or on angelivanlaanen.com.