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The Olympic Dream

With two events down and two to go, the NorAm tour is halfway over, and I have great news.

The first event was in Calgary, Alberta in Canada (one day of single moguls and one day of dual moguls). I skied really well the first day, qualifying 9th then cleaning up my run just a bit to finish 6th. Duals day was a bit of a disappointment. Again, I qualified 9th but then got knocked out in the first round in a really close dual against a friend who went on to podium. I ended up finishing in 11th place.

The next stop was Park City, Utah (two single moguls events) and I decided it was time to break out the cork-10 that I have been training for the last two years. On the first day, I threw cork-10 off the top air and cork-7 off the bottom air finishing just off the podium in 4th place. The second day was amazing. I threw the same competition run earning my highest score ever (25.00) and finishing second for my first NorAm podium! (see attached photo) I was so stoked, and just when I thought that things couldn't get any better, they did.

I was contacted a few days later by the US Ski Team letting me know that, based on my NorAm results at these first two events, I have qualified for and will be representing the United States at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Finland in March (see Steamboat Today articlehttp://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2011/feb/11/steamboats-degrandis-caps-big-week-norams-park-cit/)! I had known that the possibility existed, that there were quite a few really talented skiers who were in the hunt for the remaining spots, and that it all came down to results at these first two NorAms. You are never quite sure how you will perform under that kind of pressure until you are actually in the situation, but I'm finding that when the pressure is on, I tend to perform at my best. Hopefully that will continue to be the case for the rest of the NorAm tour and for all of the big events--JuniorOlympics, Junior Worlds, and US Nationals--in March.

Again, thank you for all of your support. It has been invaluable in all that I have accomplished, and I am grateful.

Sincerely,
Michael DeGrandis

More on Michael DGrandis......

 

After much hard work and rehab, I returned to competition this past week and couldn't be happier with my results.  I was able to catch our Rocky (regional) Division Championship in Winter Park, Colorado last weekend where I won a singles event and took third in duals.  This past Thursday and Friday, I competed on my home course here in Steamboat at the NorAm (North American Tour) finals and skied consistently well both days.  In a field that included many of the top skiers in the US and Canada, I placed 5th in singles on Thursday and 6th in duals on Friday.  After my finish on Thursday, there was a great article in the local newspaper--the Steamboat Pilot--that I've attached along with video of one of my runs (see bottom).  I want to thank you for your patience and continued support these past couple of months.  While the shattered collar bone in early January was never part of the game plan for this year, it was a growing experience for me, and I am just so happy to have returned to competition.  In the next couple weeks, I will be competing in the biggest events of the season.  I leave for Junior Olympics in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire on Tuesday, and will compete at US Nationals in Squaw Valley, California later on this month, and look forward to more top results.

 

 

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