22 July 2014

In the Zone

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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After Mammoth was over I got in my truck and rushed home to my wife at home in Tahoe as fast as I could. I really needed a day to reset and get prepared for X Games and, after that, the Olympic Winter Games. I will take a day at home whenever I can get it. Laundry, cleaning, packing and visiting with friends is what my day consisted of and before I knew it, it was 4 a.m. and I was scrambling to the airport with wifey. Crazy hectic are the only two words I can describe that morning. Oh well, at least we were heading to the best event of the year: X Games.

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Humbled

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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The past three weeks have been crazy. With multiple qualifying events in the matter of two weeks I have been busting my butt trying to land runs, manage a family, and all the while trying to keep my head in the right place. I never thought it would be so mentally tough to qualify for the team. Going into this year I thought I would be the first one to make the U.S. slope team. If you look at my results from the past, that would have been the case. But not this year. I had two great events in Summit County and then when they stacked up three events in Mammoth it really came down to the wire. 

 

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Christmas in Colorado

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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It was a great start to the season with consistent results at the first two events. I would say that’s something to celebrate and what better time than Christmas! After the grand prix everyone scurried to the airport to fly home to their families all over the world. I, on the other hand, stayed put because I knew it would be a great opportunity to train.

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Sitting Pretty

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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It has been a really eventful past couple of weeks. Since making my way over to Summit County, Colo., I have been training and getting ready for the first two Olympic qualification leading up to Sochi. The first one is the Dew Tour and the second is the Copper Grand Prix, which is a U.S. Snowboarding event.

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Hintertux

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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It’s that time of year — the leaves are falling, the air is getting colder, and there isn’t any good snow in the states yet. This means it’s time to head to a little place called Hintertux. Hintertux is a glacier in Zillertal, Austria, about two hours from Munich, Germany. I have been travelling over here for three years now and I am pretty much addicted.

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The Balence

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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This has been one crazy summer. I have never traveled this much during the so-called "off time."

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Southern Hemi

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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  In the middle of August, I drove to LA and hopped on a flight. I was headed to New Zealand. I have not been to the southern hemi since 2009. The reason for this is in the past I was skunked by bad weather and had some bad memories from there. In 2008, I had the scariest injury of my career. I was in halfpipe finals at the New Zealand Open and I hit my head and laid there unconscious for five and a half minutes. Definitely something that that made me want to not come back. This year I took a different attitude into the trip; I just really wanted to stay positive and enjoy this beautiful country.

 

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Back at it!

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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After 13 long weeks in the gym, I was way ready to get back on the snow! The plan was to head out to Whistler with the U.S. Snowboarding team and get some training in at the Camp of Champions facility. Whistler glacier is known to have some of the best summer snowboarding North America has to offer. Its one competitor is Mount Hood, which is equally as awesome. The reason we chose Canada is because we knew that the jumps were going to be on point and that stoked me out!

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Olympic Interview Day

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The spring has sprung and it was time for the biggest interview day of my career. The interviews took place in LA at Smashbox Studios. The purpose was to build our Olympic profiles so if and when we make the team they have all the content they need to build a good story about us! I was stoked on the opportunity so I jumped on it!

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Playing my cards right

 

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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 Photo: Huggy

 A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Snow Park Technologies about a new event with a unique concept. The event is called High Roller Hold ‘Em. It is an event that consists of poker mixed with big air and was to be held in South Lake Tahoe. You can't beat spring shredding in Tahoe so I was in! For me, there isn't a better place to hold an event and it seemed like this unique contest format would be fun!

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Euro X Games 2013

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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After the US Open, it was time to head to Tignes, France, for the European X Games. Every year, this event seems to be the last big contest of the season. Usually by the time this one rolls around, everyone on the circuit is a little burnt out and ready for some off-time. Since I have been training a lot more and not doing as many contests, I was pretty amped to compete!

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The Us Open 2013

BY CHAS GULDEMOND

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The US Open has always been the most special event for me! I have competed in the event for the last 13 years in a row. It all started for me when I was 12. In the year 2000, my mom took me to Stratton Mountain for the legendary snowboarding event. I was competing in the junior jam and it was a dream come true! That week, I shredded with all the best up-and-coming kids including Luke Mitrani, Mikel Bang and Shaun White. It was so cool to be a young kid seeing all my idols and shredding my heart out! On Saturday of that week I hopped the fenced and poached the pipe finals, and from that day on, I knew that I wanted to become a pro snowboarder.

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The road to Japan

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After a couple weeks training at home in Tahoe and stomping my first triple corks, it was time for me to get back on the road! The first order of business was to drive eight hours from Tahoe to San Diego and to catch my flight the next day leaving for Japan. This is part of the everyday life for me. I am always making long road trips with my family, so over the years we have gotten really used to it. Then things got a little crazy! We were coming down from the hills and making our way through central Los Angeles and all of a sudden my brakes went out. I pushed down on the pedal to stop for the traffic ahead of me and there was just nothing there. My wife went into panic mode, but together as a team we were able to merge five lanes over and find a little embankment to pull over on. Surprisingly, we didn’t hit anyone!

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Turn the page!

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Photo Michael Riley

This year at X Games was crazy for slopestyle. Doubles turned into triples and the all-around level of slopestyle riding was stepped up in a big way. I had no idea that these new tricks would become stock so fast and suddenly I felt like I was way behind. For the first time in my career, I felt like I did not have the tricks to win the event, and I didn't. It was time to turn the page and start to write the next chapter.

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The most extreme week of the year!

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I had a rough go in Stoheham for the world championships so it was very refreshing to get to Aspen for the X Games. The X Games are always one of the highlights of the season for me and the riding is the best you will see all season.

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Stoneham world cup

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Right after my win at the Grand Prix at Copper the team and I headed straight to Stoneham for the World Championships.

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