Ale: 4th place overall, Masters Women, 2012 USASA Nationals
Jb: 9th place overall, Masters Men, 2012 USASA Nationals
|I'm wearing the pink jacket.|
|This is for my bros...the caboose is loose.|
Losing that heat was a huge disappointment, although I still was slated to race in the "Short Final." We waited a little while for my other competitor in order to start the race, however she never appeared. I raced the Short Final solo, and had another great run. One of the best parts of that run was during the start, where the three women who advanced to the "Final" cheered me on as I prepared to launch out of the gates. (Thank you, fellow competitors, for the awesome sportsmanship!)
With snowboardcross, it's pretty incredible that an entire year of training and practice and preparation can all hinge on one race. And it is incredibly disappointing when you happen to lose that race. But that uncertainty and excitement is precisely what makes the sport so incredible, and I'm keeping my focus on the gold for next year. A huge THANK YOU to all of my family, friends, colleagues and sponsors for supporting me with the racing, because this only is possible with your support. The following is a link to some video from race day...it shows some of the perspective from being in the tent, and there's some footage of me riding the course:
Jb and I already are back in the gym, and part of my training mentality going into this year mirrors Beatrix Kiddo's time training with Pai Mei...
For details on Jb's Nationals experience, check out www.theMountainAthlete.net