Colorado native Emilia Wint burst onto the freeskiing scene early in 2012 and represents the next wave of women’s freeskiing. With numerous podiums under her belt, keep your eyes on Wint. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
When it comes to sports, fans and athletes have come to expect the unexpected. Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports sat down with U.S. Freeskiing standout Emilia Wint to get her thoughts on preparing for the unexpected.
This year, a group of athletes moved Thanksgiving up to celebrate with their friends before the competition season kicked off. (Photo: Noah Hoffman)
Colorado native and this month's athlete spotlight Emilia Wint is motivated to get to the top of the podium in 2014. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualifying period opens Sept. 7 for slopestyle skiing.
Emilia Wint won the women’s slopestyle event at The North Face Freeski Open Friday in Snow Park, New Zealand.
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Emilia Wint took the women’s slopestyle scene by storm in 2011-2012, kicking off her season with a Revolution Tour win. Top finishes at the Killington Dew Tour stop, Aspen/Snowmass Open, and the Mammoth Grand Prix World Cup earned her invites to Dew Tour Finals and Euro X, where she placed fourth and fifth respectively. Wint capped off her breakout season with a second at the AFP World Championships in Whistler and finished fourth in the world for slopestyle on the AFP ranking list. With her impressive results and fearless style on jumps and rails, Wint earned herself a spot on the U.S. Freeskiing pro slopestyle team.
She continued her strong skiing throughout the 2012 summer and took the win at The North Face New Zealand Freeski Open. Then in December 2012, Wint was competing at the Breckenridge Dew Tour and suffered a season-ending knee injury. Wint dedicated the following ten months to rehab and moved to Park City to take advantage of the facilities at the USSA Center of Excellence.
Fully rehabbed and hungry to get back on skis, Emilia was an Olympic hopeful heading into the 2013-2014 season. In a cruel twist of fate, Wint took a fall off of a rail while training at Keystone and re-injured her knee. Although disappointed to spend another season recovering, Wint was optimistic and pointed out that she has youth on her side, and plans to make an even stronger comeback to snow later in 2014.
It's always hard to find time to do anything outside of skiing during the regular season, so this injury has given me the unique opportunity to spend time outside of the industry.
I'm taking college classes and will continue to take more over the summer. I also got an internship with the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development, which I will also continue over the summer. Since I couldn't ski, I'm really glad I had the opportunity to pursue some of my other interests this year.
Watching the Olympics, and the progression of the sport this year was tough, but also really inspirational. I'm more motivated than ever to get back on the slopes. My rehab is going smoothly, and I'm on track to be strong and ready for next winter. I can't wait!
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