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As some you have recently seen on our social media, our ambassadors had an epic weekend of competing. Over the past weekend our ambassadors Veronica Paulson, Kate Elkind, and Elsa Smith competed in the International Freeskiing & Snowboarding Association (IFSA) Colligate Big Mountain Competition at Grand Targee. These ladies stole to show to say the least.
Friday January 27th, the ladies took the qualification round by force. Among the 35 female competitors our ambassadors nearly swept the top 3 places going into the finals qualifying 1st (Elsa), 2nd (Veronica), and 4th (Kate). Elsa and Veronica are both no strangers to the IFSA competition. However, Kate was rookie entering the competition and this made her first appearance on the competitive circuit.
The finals yield a similar result to the qualifying round. In the end, it was Elsa on the top of the podium followed by Kate in second place. Unfortunately, Veronica took a tumble and was unable to be scored on the run. Surely, it would have been a podium sweep. Following the amazing performance of these ladies, we asked them a few questions about the competition.
Veronica: There’s no question that finals rounds are more intense. Not only is there a lot more pressure to perform, but the finals venue almost always features gnarlier terrain. Something I’ll be working on this season is calming my nerves before my finals run and reminding myself to believe in my ability, and also to just have fun and enjoy the moment!
Do you think strength training helped?
Veronica: Absolutely! I would not have been able to land my big drops without all of the leg strength I developed in the off season. Strength training is also super important for recovering during your run — nobody is ever going to ski the perfect run but if you can recover quickly, your run can still be great! I’m also fortunate to not have injured myself while taking a bad spill, and strength training has definitely helped me to weather the tough crashes so I can get right back up and compete at the next event.
How do you prepare for a competition?
What is like to compete with fellow Wright Training Ambassadors?
Kate: My strength training helped me immensely with the physical aspect of the event. Being able to have the strength to ski my line without fatigue as well as simply feeling strong on the boot pack to the starting gate gave
me a huge edge over many competitors.
Elsa: Targhee is tough because all of the larger airs have semi flat landings- being strong and having the muscle stability totally aids in being able to stomp flat airs and shred through skied out crud, and knowing my strength and knowing how hard I’ve worked in the gym largely helps my confidence!