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.
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.
The bursaries will be split between the top 3 accordingly: $2500, $1500, $1000 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Name: Megan Cressey
Sport: Slopestyle and Big Air
Home Club: Winsport
Home Town: Sylvan Lake
Current Team: Performance Team, Winsport
Sponsors: Smith Optics, Armada
2017/18 Toyo Cup Ranking: 1st
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been doing lots of video review from seasons before and visualization of the tricks I plan on doing this season.
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.
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.
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.