After a little break due to the cancelation of the World Cup in Squaw Valley, I’ve had a couple of crazy weeks with a lot of traveling.
First stop was China for the Junior World Championships where I hoped to defend both my titles. So after 30 hours of traveling we got to Yabuli, China escorted by police. The conditions in China were really cold and windy but the course was nice and we had some fun racing over the next 4 days.
It went really well for me, winning qualification and then all my runs to secure the World Junior title for the second year running in front of team mate Julliette Lefevre and Canadian Katie Anderson. A great day for the team with Ken Vuagnoux getting the bronze medal in the mens event.
The next day was the team event that I raced with Juliette. It was great fun, with some good riding from both of us and some nice passes which allowed us to win the gold medal. Unfortunately the men finish 4th cause of a crash in the final.
This ended a great trip to China, and we were then off to Spain for the last World Cup of the season. After a really long travel with a stop in Paris to see the Eiffel Tower we arrived in Barcelona where we spent the next couple of days relaxing and recovering from jetlag.
It was then time to drive up to La Molina where the conditions were a lot warmer and there wasn’t much snow. Even through they had managed to make an interesting course and with a couple of early starts to preserve the course, the training and qualifications went well.
Unfortunately the weather was crap for the finals , with wet snow falling making the course a lot slower. With some good starts and good riding I managed to get through some very tight heats into the final. After been 2nd or 3rd all the way until the last bank, I managed to get more speed on the last bank and overtake everyone on the 2 last jumps to secure my first World Cup victory!
A big thanks to all the French team for everything. Most of all the coaches and techs for their great work!!
Also well done to Nelly who finish 2nd and secured the Globe and Ken for his 8th place.
Now back at home, making the most of the puppies before going off to Bad Gastein, Austria for the Europa Cup finals and Val Thorens to test the new Oxess boards for next season as well as competing in the French Nationals.
To my Club Ecrins Snowboard and all the trainers
And to everyone for the support and messages, it means a lot.