We are just beside ourselves with Anna Segal’s gold medal winning slopestyle run at the FIS Freestyle World Championships in Park City, Utah today.
It’s not because we share the same chicks chromosone (we’ve known Aussie ski chicks rock for a long time), it’s not because the Australian flag is hoisted at the medal ceremony (though that’s pretty cool too) and it’s not because Slopestyle is tipped to be in the 2014 Olympics for the first time ever.
It’s because of Anna.
This humble hard-on-herself-but-kind-to-others bundle of vitality deserves every success she gets. She won gold at the Winter X Games in Aspen in 2008 when slopestyle for women was featured for the first time.
Last year she broke her ankle in an excruciating manner at the Rip Curl Freeride Pro event (which she won) and spent her winning high in an ambulance on the way to Cooma. Less than six months later and she’s podiumed at the top level in her sport.
I first met Anna in Park City, Utah a few years back when we took her snow mobiling into the Wasatch Ranges for some backcountry cliff hucking for Powderhound magazine. She hucked cliffs, I watched. Her determination for perfection shon through as she climbed back up over and over again to get the right shot for our Powderhound camera.
We did a road trip in New Zealand where I tried to sell her off to the local farmer who owned the cat skiing business (hey, we’d have got free cat skiing for life) and she showed us the style that will surely put her on more podiums to come.
She even joined our Snow It All Ocsober Team for a month of no boozing to raise funds for drug and alcohol counselling showing her commitment to the community. BTW, you can still contribute here.
Anna’s home mountain in Australia is Mt Buller and she’s one of the names behind Chix With Sticks, an all female posse dedicated to getting girls some big mountain and air time sans testosterone. For that we love her even more.