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TOYO TIRES WINTER PREP: 9 QUESTIONS WITH 2017/18 Toyo Cup winner Megan Cressey

Oct. 22, 2018

Winter season is just around the corner so Freestyle Canada and Toyo Tires decided to find out how the winners of the 2017/18 Toyo Cup are getting ready for their up-coming competitive season.  

ABOUT THE TOYO CUP

Freestyle Canada has developed a specific ranking system for the Toyo Cup, which will determine the most consistent performer overall, across all of our disciplines, in the Canada Cup Series. At the end of the season, the Toyo Cup, along with a $5000 education bursary will be awarded to the top male and female freestyle skier that finish with the highest point totals overall.

TOYO CUP PRIZES FOR 2018-2019:
  • $5K education bursaries for top 3 women
  • $5K education bursaries for top 3 men.

The bursaries will be split between the top 3 accordingly: $2500, $1500, $1000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

 

Featured Athlete

Name: Megan Cressey

Sport: Slopestyle and Big Air

Age: 18

Home Club: Winsport

Home Town: Sylvan Lake

Current Team: Performance Team, Winsport

Sponsors: Smith Optics, Armada

2017/18 Toyo Cup Ranking: 1st

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What did it mean to win the Toyo Cup last year?

Winning the Toyo Cup last season was a big accomplishment because I had many ups and downs in the season with injuries as well as new opportunities. Having something as new tires for my car to drive me back and forth from training as I drive three hours for training most days is a huge help and having some money set aside for school when I am done my skiing journey is a big relief.

What is it about your sport that you love (why did you choose your Freestyle discipline?)

I choose Slopestyle because I love the feeling of taking off a jump and floating through the air and the feeling of the rails under my skis and greasing it until the end. The people I have met through skiing is amazing and the feeling of being supported by my fellow ski mates. I love the fact that we train all together but compete on our own.

What are some of your other interests/passions besides skiing?

I grew up on a farm and I love working on the farm seeding, combining or tagging calves. I also have grown up riding horses and try to get out as much as I can since I have six horses at home.

What was your top result from last year and how did it happen?

Last season my best result was 3rd place in the Quebec Big Air World Cup. I got second in the Aspen Big Air and I am very lucky to have a coach that pushed for me to be in the World Cup.

How have you been physically preparing for the up-coming winter season?

I ended last season with a knee injury so I have been going to the gym lots and to physio lots getting strong for the season. I am currently in New Zealand training and getting ready for winter in Canada.

How have you been mentally preparing for the up-coming winter season?

I have been doing lots of video review from seasons before and visualization of the tricks I plan on doing this season.

How much skiing do you do in the off-season and where are some of the places you have gone?

My team trains pretty much year around.  We are lucky to have an air bag at C.O.P (Calgary) to train on all summer and we travel to Utah for an air bag camp in August; then September and October, we are in New Zealand putting the tricks we learned in the summer on snow.

What are your competitive ski goals for this next ski season?

This season my goal is to put down my best personal competition runs and stay on my feet. If that happens, I would like to make finals at all the Nor-Am’s and hopefully get a spot at the Quebec World Cups.

What would you like to accomplish in your ski career?

Since I started skiing, I have had the dream about skiing the World Cup circuit, X Games and the Olympics of course; but I want to become the best possible skier I can be and see where that takes me.

 

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