On the way to Deer Valley, I
was limping around just wishing that the pain would go away in my problem joint from the massive air I took at X Games…
Kelsey and I both skipped the first training day on the course for World Champs. Instead, we iced, received physio, watched chick flicks and hot tubbed.
The next day I trained with some definite pain, but still could get 4 runs under my belt. Thankfully the course that Jeff Iaksi built was smooth and nice to the body.
Then came race day. I really didn’t know what to expect. I was hungry for a podium finish, since I hadn’t had a taste yet this year.
The first heat I had was with my teammate Danie, and an Austrian Andrea Limbacher (she blew her knee the same day as me last year). I had a horrible start and patiently waited for the right moment to pass. I snuck by Andrea on a step up near the finish. I threw in a pole on the traverse to get ahead as I heard her curse under her breath! This got me pumped for the next heat, it’s such an awesome feeling when you pass someone. The quarterfinals gave me another opportunity to try a pass. The two Norwegians got out ahead of me, so again I had to wait for an opportunity. This time I passed on the inside of Julie on a hip jump. So pumped! The semis were a following game, I finally had a descent start and was on the tails of Swedish, Anna Holmund, the whole way down. I was going to the final round!!! The adrenaline and endorphins were pumping. Finals were a fight for me. Kelsey got out in front, with me just behind. Anna made a move on the inside of the 2nd turn, but burned out. I passed her back on the inside. The whole way down I couldn’t hear if Anna and Katrin Ofner (Austrian) had crashed, or if they were on my tails. Katrin gave it away when she tried to pass and skied on the back of my skis. No go for her, she took herself out. Kelsey crossed the line first with me just behind her.
What a day for Canada!!! Chris Del Bosco and Kelsey Serwa are World Champions, I am a World Championship Silver Medallist. Along with Davey Barr and Nick Zoricic in 7th and 8th.
I skied “out of my mind” that day. I wasn’t thinking about my injury, or what could happen, I just trusted in my ability and let my body do the work I knew it could do.
We just arrived in Blue Mountain today. I will feed off of the confidence I gained from World Champs for this World Cup. Then the plan is to head home for a visit to my surgeon to see what he has to say.
Thanks for the support by reading my stories 🙂 Pretty stoked I achieved my goal of peaking at the World Champs this year.