April 2006: A Strong Finish

After a two month break from training and racing, I continued the season with a World Cup where I achieved a top 25, just one race too late! I placed exactly 25th, my best World Cup result to date and what I had needed to qualify for the Olympics that took place the prior month. While the timing was off, I am happy to know that I am capable of achieving the Olympic criteria and that despite the disappointment of not participating in the 2006 Winter Games, I finished the season strong.

I also competed in the 2006 North American National Championships in Crystal Mountain, Washington, where again I achieved my best results at that race level, a 9th in PGS and 15th in PSL. My short hiatus from training seemed to be very beneficial and exactly what I needed to really race at my best.

Unfortunately, this last push to qualify for the Winter Olympics included an intense training and racing schedule which drained my financial resources. I do plan to continue racing and compete in the Philippine Snowboard Team’s fourth consecutive Snowboard World Championships in Switzerland in January 2007. And when funding permits I will return to full-time racing for another shot at becoming the first Filipina in a Winter Olympics, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

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