Right. Starting from scratch (almost) again! I mean, blogging is obviously not my thing, but I want to do better. Starting with a wrap up of the 2013-14 season, and than we’ll see how it goes from here.
September is upon us, and it’s strange how fast time flies. Time is a funny thing!
The FWT- season started in Chamonix, homeward bound, in late January. I woke up on the day of the competition thinking that I love doing what I’m doing. On the hike up the hill later I said to myself that nothing else matters besides having a good time, being a good person and feeling comfortable with oneself. With that in mind, results and podiums becomes a minor factor, and I consider them as a bonus. Of course bonuses is nice to get once in a while, but they’re not essential. I had a fun run, the sun was shining and people were smiling. I ended up in 5th place, and considered it as a good and solid performance. Jackie Paaso, who won the first stop of the FWT14 at Aiguille Pourrie did it in an impressive way with a solid air, and raised the bar for the womens skiing. Being a competitive person travelling around, spending a lot of time and money on competitions; of course you want to impress and improve yourself. And even if it’s not essential for having a great time skiing, podiums makes you feel good! Seeing Jackie celebrate her win with a big grin on her face, after a sick run, made me want to step it up myself.
The FWT14 had its challenges, with various snow-conditions being the biggest one. The stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria, got successfully moved to Kappl, Tirol, after the whole competition-face slipped in Fieberbrunn. Stepping it up in Kappl did the FWT13- champion Nadine Wallner, who won with a huge margin to the rest of the girls. I got a new 5th place, after a run that wasn’t my best. Had a nice air, but slowed down way too much before the take-off, which was totally blind. I was aware that it would be, but I thought I would be able to ski it faster.
So, I was collecting 5th- places when the FWT moved the circus to Snowbird, USnA. Again, things didn’t go as planned, and when the «North Baldy» venue slid, the decision was made to ski the Silver Fox. Finally I got a podium! I placed 3rd after Lorraine Huber and Nadine Wallner. BONUS finally collected! But the lady who impressed me the most, maybe so far on the tour, was the american Hadley Hammer, with a huge, stabile and so so clean air! Sadly she had a crash before this, so she didn’t take the win. But man, it’s so inspiring to see girls rip it like that!
Seeing Jackie, Nadine and Hadley rip it the way they did, was the perfect preparation before going to the finals in Verbier. I could have written tons about how I felt when leaving Chamonix heading to Verbier. I was so eager! I sat in the backseat of Sascha Hamms car, with Sascha, being a former racecardriver with the slogan “speed is your friend” driving (very fun trip indeed), and Jamie “Rizzo” Rizzuto as co-pilot. We talked about the infamous Bec des Rosses. Don’t remember who of the boys that said something like “Pia, you know, it’s about time you take a win.” And I thought, maybe even said it out loud, that, yes, this is the time, I’m going to win this shit.. I have a journal where I write down my thoughts and feelings. And it’s weird, but I was SO ready to step it up, and I can see in my writing that my self-esteem and way of thinking was perfect before the competition. No hesitation, no doubts, no bad thoughts, no fear. I was eager, and couldn’t wait to ski my line! Even if the comp got postponed a week, the Bec needed some fresh cover, I managed to keep the right spirit up. Seriously, I know it sounds cocky, but I was standing on the top, ready to drop in, and I couldn’t wait to get down there and pop the champagne. If things hadn’t gone the way it did, maybe I wouldn’t remember this feelings and thoughts the way I do now. But it went well, and I did get to pop the champagne on the top of the podium for the first time since I entered the FWT. Winning the Verbier Extreme is the highlight of my skiing career. Not just because of the result, but the experience in how a mind can work, how feelings can be reflected and put in motion on skis, and how happy skiing and the freeride- community makes me.
Placing 3rd in Snowbird, and with the win in Verbier, I got a 3rd in the overall standings, placed behind Lorraine Huber and Nadine Wallner. Nadine, who with this is crowned World Champion twice in a row. Impressive! It was, if you judge by my results, another good season on the FWT. But more important, it was a great season on the FWT besides the results. I’m so grateful I get to hang out with a ton of likeminded and happy people! Skiing, dancing, travelling, partying, hugging and laughing all the way.