My name is Morgan Pridy and I wanted to share my thoughts on transition. It's a word used a lot in ski racing, get forward in your transition. Create a solid platform during transition from turn to turn. Fast skiing is all about a smooth transition. Taking all your speed, power and confidence from one turn to the next. When you nail down your transition all of a sudden you haven't just entered the new arc with the same speed, you've started to build momentum.
The same statements you just read are incredibly relatable to the transition I'm talking about. The transition from level to level, and new opportunity to new opportunity. All of you reading this will go through several transitions over the course of your skiing career. U14 jumping up to u16. FIS races then Nor-ams. Europa cup to World Cup. Being a favourite one day and an underdog the next. It's the exciting part about sport, you always have the opportunity to keep growing and keep improving.
Here are three things I have learned to do that make these steps as smooth as possible. First is to remember the Process. The things you do to ski well, ski fast, and perform don't change just because your competition has. Stick with your routine and your physical and mental cues. This is a huge help to keep everything feeling familiar. You are already here and it's race day, so do the things you do well to the best of your ability. That's what got you to the point you're at now.
Second, remind yourself you belong. Nerves, fear, excitement, and stress are normal. These are the things that keep us sharp, and if you accept the nerves and the stress, and you find a way to look fear dead in the eyes then you've just gotten out of your own way and made room for the exceptional to happen. Always remember that in this sport you haven't gotten to where you are by accident. You earned it and no matter what company you find yourself racing against, you belong right there in the start with them.
Lastly, Go with the flow. You are only ever able to control so much in this sport. For the hundred other things going on you really have two choices. Let it affect you, or just go with it and move on. Be prepared and be aware of what's going on, but don't let yourself worry about it. If you've taken care of all the things under your control then you've given yourself the best opportunity to perform.
Keep your feet under you and strive to always be moving forward.
He placed 10th in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Super-G, where he also I drew a lot of inspiration for this article. Morgan grew up in Whistler and feels very fortunate to call it home.