Maisie Potter Season Low-Down
April 10, 2017
Welsh Snowboarder Maisie Potter has had the most successful and most intense season of her career so far. Here she gives us the low-down...
"To summarise this winter - it's been a huge learning curve to say the least! I jumped in at the deep end to be honest. Especially with everyone at the peak of their game in the Olympic qualifying year.
It was a bit intense mentally and physically during the first half of the winter. There was also a lot more travelling than I'm used to. Nonetheless, I have my first World Cup season with the 'bigguns' out of the way. It was risky but it has paid off. I wouldn't to be where I am now if I hadn't taken the risk.
To begin with, I just wanted to make it down the course and to come away in one piece! Towards the end (Feldberg, World Champs and the World Cup finals), I actually felt like a competitor and was determined to race and beat people. So, there was a definite change in mindset and something just clicked.
My result at World Champs really gave me a huge confidence boost and made me eager for more. And all the support back home was amazing! As a result, Veysonnaz was probably my strongest performance yet, in terms of my riding. It's been such good experience, having time on the bigger courses like these has really enabled a lot of progression in a short space of time.
I am grateful for my coach who has pushed me and also having Zoe Gillings as an experienced team mate. I'm currently ranked 33rd on the Olympic quota allocation list - which is exciting! I'm super motivated to train up over summer and get on snow as well. I'm hoping to attend all the World Cups in the lead up to PyeongChang 2018 to give it my best shot! I'm excited to hit the ground running for the 2017-18 season!
Here is a list of my comps & results from the 2016-17 season:
- Pitztal European Cup: 17th
- Pitztal Junior FIS: 3rd & 6th
- Montafon, Austria World Cup debut: 30th
- Solitude, Utah World Cup: 26th
- Czech FIS: Back to back wins
- Bansko, Bulgaria World Cup: 27th
- Feldberg, Germany World Cup double header: 31st & 33rd (First world cup points and onto the Olympic quota allocation list.)
- World Junior Championships in Czech: 18th
- World Champs in Sierra Nevada, Spain: 14th (half of my Olympic criteria met)
- World Cup finals in Veysonnaz, Switzerland: 24th
- World Cup team event with Zoe Gillings in Veysonnaz: 6th
Thanks for the continued support, it means a lot! Snowsport Wales rocks!!"
Wish you the best of luck over the summer, Maisie! We can't wait to see what the future holds for you!