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Celebrating Fourth of July with my teammates on the glacier!
(Jen Hudak, me, our PT Justin Hunt, Maddie Bowman, Annalisa Drew)
Sweet shot of Tom Wallisch at Camp of Champions

Hey everyone! Wow, this summer has been a long one. I just got back from four weeks in Whistler, British Columbia, and I’m exhausted. Since the end of June I had a two-week halfpipe camp at Momentum Ski Camp, and then two weeks of slopestyle at Camp of Champions. These were the training camps the doctor told me I was good to go and send it!

The Momentum halfpipe and airbag setup was awesome for some summer training. The weather was always sunny and hot, so if you wanted to get anything done while it was fast, you had to be up on the glacier bright and early before the speed got slow and the walls became soft. It was perfect to try tricks and not be afraid of falling on bulletproof snow. I was really happy on the progress I made during the camp because I was able to get all the tricks in my old pipe run and even tried some new ones. I was a little nervous trying all of my tricks for the first time, but it didn’t take me too long for everything to come back to me. I have to say it was a successful camp. And to say we held it down for America on the Fourth of July is an understatement!

When the slope team arrived to Whistler, we switched over to Camp of Champions to train on their amazing setup. I have to say I was a glad to switch over to rails and jumps because I was getting a little bored just being a pipe jock. I kept myself to the medium jumps, because when I tried the big jumps the knee didn’t really like the impact of the landings yet. It was really hard watching everyone kill it on the big jumps because I wanted to join in on the fun, but I had to listen to what my body was telling me, which, as an athlete, can be really hard to do. I was excited to relearn everything left and right. It was like I had a restart on learning everything, and that’s what I did. I was thrilled on my progression and my confidence I had in throwing all my tricks. Plus learning some new tricks helped to add to my confidence.

At the end of the last week I tweaked my knee a bit, so it was important to sit out a couple of days to give my body a rest. I think I was really tired from the whole month and needed a break before I head down to New Zealand mid-August. I was a little bummed I wasn’t able to do all my tricks I wanted to before the world cups in August, but all in all I was really happy with the training camps!