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'Who wants a weenie?'

Posted: Tuesday January 08, 2002 12:29 PM
 

Snowboarder Tricia Byrnes is one of the premier halfpipe riders in the world. She won early in her career, capturing the U.S. Open in 1992, and has continued to shine at big events, claiming silver at the 2000 World Championships. The 26-year-old native of Stratton Mountain, Vt., has 14 FIS World Cup wins over her career. Check out Byrnes' diary on CNNSI.com as she trains for the 2002 Winter Games.

January 8, 2002

These past few weeks have been crazy but great. My last entry contained the pre-contest stress and this one will surely contain something of the post-holiday stress. I competed a total of four days at Mammoth in the first two Olympic pre-qualifiers and somehow managed to pull off two second-place finishes, both behind Shannon Dunn, who is now assured a spot on the 2002 Olympic snowboarding team.

I was really happy with my results and my riding. My first run went as planned (couple straight airs, frontside five, cab five, three sixty stalefish and a switch backside air), so I was able to try my Mctwist in the second run, which I had neither practiced nor landed. It was a great feeling to try something new, and to almost land it was even better. There was a lot of great riding going down, a bunch of Mctwists and backflips, and it was so cool to see all the girls throwing big tricks. By the time we left, I was so happy to get a day or two to rest my weary body and excited because Rob Kingwill and I were going to film a commercial for Bud Light in Vancouver.

The Bud Light commercial was so much fun and it was quite a funny experience. About a month ago, Kinger and I found out that Bud light wanted to do a commercial with the U.S. snowboard team and that they had picked us. We were super stoked and excited but a little nervous because there was a little bit of acting involved. We had read the script and had been joking around with the silly skit, but when it came time to actually do it, saying, "Hey, guys, we're out of firewood," was a lot harder then we thought. Hollywood is so funny; we met some characters that I thought only existed in the movies and we met some really awesome people. It was so much fun and everyone was great, especially when I had to repeat my big line -- "Who wants a weenie?" -- about 200 times. Anyway, I hope you all see it and get a big laugh at us being super silly.

After the commercial, I flew to Breckenridge to compete in the Vans Triple Crown. It was so great to be back there and to get a chance to ride the pipe before the Grand Prix goes there in January. It was so nice to ride a firm, fast halfpipe, although I will say that every time I go to Colorado I get my butt kicked by the altitude, which is probably a good thing before going home to eat Christmas cookie after Christmas cookie. Anyway, it was also nice to ride for a few days before the competing and the contest was so mellow that I felt no pressure or stress, just fun and excitement. It went well, too, which is always nice. Gretchen and I tied for first, but I lost the tiebreaker, which was fine with me and nice for Gretchen since she is from Colorado and her brother came out to see her.

And finally on Dec. 23, I flew home just in time to join all those other people who wait until Christmas Eve to start their Christmas shopping. I have to admit that I was a little disturbed to look around at all "those people" and realize that I am just as disorganized and tardy as they are, and I was probably just as pissed off in the parking lot as they were. Boo hoo. Anyway, now I am flying away after a wonderful Christmas with my family and my nieces (all of whom were very happy with my last-minute purchases). I am on my way to Salt Lake to practice that Mctwist and to get excited for a New Year. Peace.

-- Tricia


 

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