I just got back home from France 15 minutes ago, so I'm pretty ready to crash, but I wanted to give the download from my season-ender at the X Games in Tignes. It was a tough contest, so I was psyched to walk away with the win.
After being on the road for what seemed like forever, I had about a week where I was able to relax and decompress at home in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., before I headed to the X Games in Tignes, France.
You may not know this about Sochi, the site of next year’s Olympic Winter Games, but it’s actually a summertime resort. It’s on the Black Sea, and it’s where a lot of Russians take their vacations.
If you thought Saturday's X Games SuperPipe final was suspenseful to watch, I can tell you it was just as much of a nail-biter in person. In classic contest form it started snowing right when we were supposed to go off.
The week of X Games is always crazy busy, between media events and training. We like to call it the Stress Games. It's the biggest event in our sport and people have huge expectations, from athletes to sponsors to fans.
I began snowboarding when I was only 7, and I like to say I started before it was cool. There was no Olympics or X Games. They barely let snowboarders on the mountains! Back then, I was the only girl among a pack of guys.