I started my first World Cup in Arosa with no idea what to expect, but I was excited, and nervous. I took a risky line in my qualifying run which cost me a few seconds and bumped me to 20th place (4 places away from moving on to the race). It definitely shook my mental game to watch the race from the side lines. But I did get to be part of the excited crowd dancing to euro trash and cheering at the finish line.
I carried focus and determination, fueled by a need for redemption, and the deep desire to race, into the next two World Cups. I put everything I had into my qualification runs and landed 14th and 15th, putting me in the race for the next two days!
I kept pace with the leader in my first two heats, and found myself in the small finals batteling with my teammate, India Sherret, for 6th place. I took the last jump slightly ahead while India hooked and edge and flew off course. I crossed the finish line in 6th place. A surprising yet exciting result, proving to myself and my coaches that I have what it takes to compete on the world stage.