Luke places 7th at the 2016 Nationals
I have to say, this year’s national championship was one for the books. I won’t lie to you, when I first heard we were going to Idaho, I thought it was going to be dull, but it ended up being awesome! Shout out to Broadside Harbor Ski Club for doing such an awesome job. I’ve always felt that attending major skiing events, especially to ski in them, is the best way to revitalize the spirit. Not only that but Nationals taking place at the same time as the Olympics this year made it feel like the whole world was ready for extreme competition.
Boise was a pretty happening place. Definitely unlike anything I’ve seen before and the scenery out there, in general, was beautiful. I was a little late to the party and didn’t get there until Friday, but the action started right away with a night jump event. $20,000 on the line and a couple of thousand people on the shores. It was intense, it was fun, it was what skiing should be.
Game day rolled around the next morning and unfortunately things didn’t go as planned, leaving me with a 7th place finish. I had good angle and leverage out of one ball, just a little delay in my hookup. It was enough to cause me to come unfocused and pull just a little too long into two ball, and after that, I couldn’t reach three. It was hard to accept that after such a good season, Nationals concluded with 2@38 for a 7th place finish.
Literally, inches inside of 3. Getting outside would have put me in a run off for a podium spot while 3 full would have guaranteed a podium spot. Congratulations to Cole McCormick for his win with 1½@39. A score that ties my PB won. No doubt that disappointment fills my mind as the scene replays over and over in my head, however, one thing is for certain; mistakes made this past weekend won’t be made again.
So where do we go from here? One year until next year’s nationals, potential to win, technique to work on, and a new job to balance now as well. I think I’ll start with a week off. Some mental relaxation will be nice. After that, we’ll get back in for the postseason drive. Keep skiing! There are still tournaments and things to work on before winter. At the same time, I’ll be rewriting my training routine and developing a new strategy for optimizing training while joining the workforce full time. I know that’s something many struggle with. So, once you’re done relaxing post nationals, time to get after it!
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