Alright, there's the other thing: I wanted to go claim the first place since I had placed second last year. If you know me, you know I am competitive. So off we go. Left home early on Saturday and arrived in Vail in time for Chuck to start his competition.
|Handsome man getting ready for race|
I spent the rest of the day riding and enjoying pretty good snow. We then had dinner and drinks together followed by some big air shows, concert and a good night sleep.
In the morning, it was my turn. I got ready and was sure I could do much better than the previous year.
|Lady ready to go|
On the last steep hill I was starting to get close to a girl in AT setup, just like me and since I saw her struggling with the climb, I wanted to catch up and help her if she needed. When I reached her, I saw she had the same skis I did but with Tele bindings and blue boots. Wait, that's the girl who beat me last year: same skis, tele bindings, blue boots. Umm, I will not offer help, I will say hi and continue on. I have to beat her. So I did.
In the end, she took her skis off and boot-packed up (which yes, is faster than with skis). I was trying to fly to the finish... and yep, I beat her by a few minutes. Again, it was only the two of us in our category, but this time, I walked away with the gold medal.
|Yes, I'm awesome!|