On the stage for the team naming!
Calling Pop Pop!

Brita Sigourney, Keri Herman and myself…we all got named to the

The media and crowd after my halfpipe podium

You guys! Guess what? It happened! I MADE IT! I AM GOING TO THE OLYMPICS!

If someone told me when I was young and skiing that I would go to the Olympics, I wouldn’t know if I would believe them, because I have always done this for fun.

Here’s what happened: It was down to the last two Olympic qualifying events, the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City (a double-up event). After my two runs, my first run score was holding strong in first place, but there were still five other competitors to go. I was sitting in the finish corral anxiously awaiting each run and comparing technicalities to my own — my internal dialogue was going crazy. I am sure the spectators could see it written all over my face. When the final girl went and her score came in, I had done it! I won! Which secured my spot to the first ever U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team. My dad was on-site and it was so great to see his misty-eyed smile. I called my mom and my Pop Pop to tell them the good news. It was a sea of cameras and reporters interviewing me! It was such a rush and wonderful feeling. After awards I had to head home to take a quick rest before pipe finals that evening.

Halfpipe did not go quite as well as I had hoped; I ended up in fifth, which meant the pressure was really on for the next day. I decided to pull out of the slopestyle contest the next day to get extra rest and prep for pipe finals that evening. I was hungry and annoyed and ready to get on that podium for halfpipe. I had enough with the last four contests and not getting on the podium. I gave it my all and ended up third; I wanted first.

It was a successful event for me and I made my goal of going to the Olympics! I was hopeful that I would get the coaches’ discretion spot for halfpipe, but it didn’t go my way. After all my hard work and history of my results I really wished that I’d get the chance to achieve my goal for both disciplines. Instead of beating myself up and feeling annoyed and sad, I need to focus on the task at hand which is X Games this week…so wish me luck!

The culmination of the whole event ended with my teammates and I being named during a concert in Park City, Utah. It was so cool to be up on stage in front of a huge crowd of people. The announcer introduced each of us and we got to wear the first Olympic team jacket! Oh yeah — at the end everyone was chanting “U-S-A!” It was a surreal experience and no amount of video or pictures could ever do it justice.

I am extremely proud and excited to make the Olympic Team! This is a lifetime honor and the idea of representing my country is something that I will forever be proud of. This honor is something that no one can take away from me and I am looking forward to what this February will bring.