This last week Aspen Hosted the U.S. Speed Nationals at Tiehack Mtn on the back side of buttermilk. With a good showing of local US athletes and competitors with even a few from New Zealand and Australia. Though the competition wasn’t fierce it gave the chance of local athletes to gauge themselves and crown a National Champion. I was nervous entering these races, after breaking my femur 7 weeks earlier and only being back on snow 10 days before the competition started. A finish would’ve brightened my day and a podium, my week. But at the end of these races I look back on a memory I will keep forever and lessons learned for the rest of my career. I managed 3 golds and 2 silver medals in my debut back only losing to a New Zealander Corey Peters by 11 hundredths of a second. I managed to hold on to my National speed title and I learned a lot about myself and my racing. The thing that touched my heart was that I was able to win a belt bucket for overall racer. It’s not an ordinary belt buckle, but a buckle representing these races. Races that are hosted for my old coach and friend, Sean Ramsden, who passed away late last year. A great coach and a great memory. The most punching thing though, is that I’ll be able to say. I won the first ever buckle at the first ever Sean Ramsden memorial.
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