Dew Tour 2013

The Breckenridge Dew Tour was the first of five Olympic selection events for US Olympic hopefuls like myself to make our mark. Starting off the week strong I qualified 1st on Wednesday with a score of 89.6 (results and writeup). On Friday morning it came down to the last run of Superpipe Finals, my second run and final chance to wow the judges (results and writeup). With a score of 89.0 I landed myself 2nd place and walked away with 800 points towards my Olympic ranking (ranking and writeup).

Watch my second place run here: Angeli VanLaanen 2nd place Dew Tour Superpipe run

All smiles!

To top off my exciting result, America swept the podium with Maddie Bowman in 1st and Brita Sigourney in 3rd!

Dew Tour Superpipe Podium 2013

 

I am overjoyed and grateful to start off the season on such a high note! Big thanks to my coach Luke Allen, my amazing friends and family, my sponsors AtomicOakley and LymeLight Foundation and everyone who believes in my skiing.

Next up is the Copper Grand Prix this week. Qualifying on Thursday and finals on Friday. This event is the 2nd of 5 Olympic selection events. The “Road to Sochi” rolls on.

The Comeback

I traveled to New Zealand and found old friends, new friends and family, many a muddy sheep, sunny days at SnowPark, powder days at Treble Cone, trials and tribulations and greatest of all… confidence in my health.

It has been a long journey back to health for me over the past 16 years. After 2 1/2 years of intensive treatment, lifestyle food and activity restrictions and both physical and emotional turmoil, I’m happy to report I’m back doing what I love most, SKIING! My trip to New Zealand this past month solidified my triumph over Lyme Disease. After placing 2nd in the North Face New Zealand Open on September 1st, any self doubts I had about returning to competitive halfpipe skiing have vanished. This event meant far more than any in my career. Below you can check out a quick edit of my run at the NZ Open, just click the “NZ Open 2012″ link.

NZ Open 2012

My trip began with a 12 hour flight, giving me plenty of time to reflect on the past few years of my life. How much had changed, and how much was still the same. I was surprised to find butterflies in my stomach as I boarded my flight at the Los Angeles International Airport. Excitement and yes, I was nervous! This was my first trip abroad in 2 years and my first competition back in even longer. I also found myself being nostalgic. I have the fondest memories of my previous trip to NZ in 2007. I met people that are to this day some of my closest friends and won the New Zealand Open halfpipe event. Now I can add my trip this summer to those fond memories. Having only 3 weeks in a halfpipe before my comeback event, I was able to put together a run that landed me in 2nd place. To top it all off, my adopted NZ family showed up to cheer me on with signs! Check it out along with other moments from my trip in the gallery below.

A huge thanks to my family and friends for always believing in me, the Toomey family for welcoming me into their home and going above and beyond as hosts, my boyfriend Reid for being a constant support at any hour of the day/night, Peter Legnavsky for connecting me to anything I needed in Wanaka, Freeskiing NZ for the event footage, Anna Segal for being an amazing friend and the most fun partner in crime, the memory of friend and fellow skier Sarah Burke for giving me inspiration in my moments of doubt, and last but certainly not least my amazing sponsors who made this trip possible ATOMIC and OAKLEY. Also, I want to thank everyone who sent support my way throughout my recovery from Lyme. There is one word that sums up my overall sentiment, gratitude!

Cheers and see you on the slopes this winter, whoohooo!