In the first FIS World Cup of the season, Olympic silver medallist Mike Riddle battled through some new runs and consistency issues to finish 10th overall.
Coming off of a strong season, Riddle has incorporated several new tricks and a higher degree of difficulty to further standout from his peers. However, issues including a broken ski on his first run prevented him from testing his full potential at the Copper Mountain, CO event.
“The good news is that I’m working on some stuff that I’m excited for in the next coming event,” said Riddle. “There’s definitely a couple cobwebs in the system to work through and hopefully that will lead to some success in the next couple of weeks. I didn’t put down a run even remotely close to what I’m capable of.
Athletes are continuously evolving and trying new tricks in a sport that requires it to stay ahead.
“We’re trying to really focus on the long-term right now,” said Trennon Paynter, head coach, Canadian Ski Halfpipe Team. “You can still perform what you already know how to do really well and at the moment. However, we see the rate of progression in the sport and what you will need in a couple of years (to podium) will be different. We’re putting our focus in building a lot of new skills to pay off in the long run.”
Riddle and the rest of the halfpipe team will get an opportunity to shake off this World Cup as early as next week when they head to Breckenridge, CO for the Dew Tour from December 11-14.
There, Riddle will look to continue to evolve his skiing in his attempt to make it to the top of his sport.
“I don’t want to sit and stay where I am,” said Riddle. “I want to get my run to the next level so that I am the guy to beat. I’m looking forward to putting together new tricks and new combos that haven’t been done. We’re going to try again next week at Dew Tour.”
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