This year I really wanted to focus on BoarderX more so that I could do my very best at nationals. Last year I hadn’t focused enough and sadly I got out on my 2nd round which was very sad.
At Nationals this year, I had done okay in halfpipe and slope style the days before, but my main goal was to podium in BoarderX. I had bought a special Donek race board earlier this year, and I was super excited to see if it would make a difference in my racing. I was the only girl in my age group on Team Summit who did BoarderX, so it was just me and my coach. In the beginning of the day I practiced the course, and it was super crowded so I didn’t get that much practice. I had the start pretty much down, though, and I felt pretty confident.
About an hour later it was time for time trials. I felt pretty good on my time trials and went up to the board to see my time, I waited there until all the girls had gone and figured out I had the 3rd fastest time! I was super happy about this.
Since we had a while until I started racing, my parents and I went down to eat lunch. I was so nervous and excited to see what the day held.
A couple hours later I was back at the top to start racing! My first heat I was in front, but I messed up on a turn and fell over. Luckily, I had a big enough lead, so I still came out in first. I went back up and waited for my next race.
On my second race I was in first, but then I messed up in the same turn again! The girl behind me passed me, but I caught her on the next turn and was able to pass her.
I went back up and prepared for my third race, semifinals. I knew that if I messed up in that same turn again that I probably wouldn’t make it to finals, so I made sure I knew what I was going to do on the turn so that I wouldn’t fall. I was super nervous for semi-finals because I had never made it past this round before. I was racing against another girl who was super fast too, I went into the first turn pretty close with the other girl but still in front, and then the other girl fell. I won that race and hurried back up for finals!!
I had never made it this far and was super excited. I was feeling pretty good and was ready to do my last race. I pulled out, and I was in first until the first turn where a girl passed me. I always raced against this girl, and she always beat me 😦 throughout the rest of the race I stayed in second and she stayed in first. The other girls in the race had fallen at the start.
At the finish I was SOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!! That day I went home super stoked. I’m so grateful for my coaches, my parents, and Gabe who missed school just to come watch me race.
May 23, 2019 at 10:55 am
You had the eye of the tiger and were able to get clear and focused. We loved watching how you overcame the adversity, made adjustments and stayed steady towards your goal of making Nationals finals! So proud of you.