As the summer season ended in Slovenia with a great trip and some far jumps we were excited to get on snow. However when we got home to Park City, Utah there was no sign of winter, it was 70 degrees and as dry as can be. As it came closer and closer to the time we normally would start jumping nothing had changed and everyone began to worry about training before our season opener in Klingenthal.
School came to an end and I went on the usual trip over Thanksgiving to West Yellowstone, Montana. West Yellowstone is one of the places I look most forward to going to every year. It is a perfect place to start the season with an awesome atmosphere and great snow, there is just one problem. There is no ski jump! So after one week in West skiing every day I came home hoping that the hill would be ready to jump.
The day after I got home the hill was not ready, my old coach texted me and asked me and some old teammates to go help get the hill ready. We went up and got the snow blowers going and got the snow in the track. Two days later we had our frist jumps of the season on snow! The jumping was great the hill was practically perfect we had three sessions and my jumping form was close to what I was hoping for. With two weeks left until the first COC of the year we awere on our way to Euorpe.
The first week we were in Europe we were trying to shine up our jumping shape before Klingenthal the next weekend. That week was very successful with 4 jumping sessions two weight sessions and a time trial. With an awesome week of training under my belt I was excited to get to Klingenthal. The first day in Klingenthal was greatthe whole team was jumping at a good level and in the PCR everyone was in good position. Going into the first day of competition we all couldn't wait to see what we could do. The jumping was good and i was starting the race in 28th position, in the points. The race came and I knew the skis from Atomic were going to be fast with our wax tech Tomas waxing them. The race started and I was feeling good. There was a very fast pace in the race in fact it took just over 10 minutes and 50 seconds for me to finish. I finished the race in 29th my best result I had ever had in Europe. Excited for the next day I stretched as I always do and went to sleep early.
In the second competition I was happy with my trial jump and was hoping to do the same thing in the competition round. The jump didn't go exactly as I planned. On my landing my ski caught an edge and I crashed hard. After I stoped sliding down the icy outrun I was helped to the ambulance and to get checked out. The EMTs wanted to take me to the hospital to get further examination. The doctors told me I had broke my nose but was fortunate enough not to get a concussion. So the competing came to an end for this trip. The other guys had two great days with two top ten results and we were on our way home. Luckly the next week was ment to be a rest week so I was able to let my face and nose heal and I the week after Christmas I was right back out there.