I got out to a great start in the first round. I got out in the front for a while, and got drafted on, and was able to move on to the semi-finals.
And, going into the semi-finals, it was a stacked gate.
You have Chris Delbosco, who won last year; John Teller, who is on point this year, has been 3rd in a World Cup, and won another one. We also have Tomas Kraus, who is a 3 time world champion; and you can’t count out Daron Rahlves who is America’s best downhill racer to date. And last but not least, you have the Canadian Davey Barr, who was 6th at the Vancouver Olympics.
It was a stacked semi-final. I got out to a good start and slotted in there in fourth. I was drafting, and almost made a pass on Tomas Kraus into third, and was just right on his heels. He had a little trouble over one of the jumps, and I was able to get around him, and get into that 3rd and final qualifying spot.
Now, here we go, we have a trip to the finals, and I had a great feeling going into the finals. I was real excited. I got out of the start and slotted into fourth place and, coming into the first set of big banked turns, I got tangled up with the guy in fifth.
I skied inside, and we hit and got tangled up together. I ended up coming out sideways, and now the leaders were just gone. That wasn’t too much fun. But, I finished up 5th place.
I made the finals at Winter X Games 2011! Not much to complain about!
Now we are on our way to World Championships. Last time out, I got tenth. I am looking to improve on tenth place at the World Championships in Deer Valley next week.