When Megan Nick stepped into the gate for her run in the super finals of the 2020 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International at Deer Valley, Utah’s White Owl course on Friday, Feb. 7, she figured – why not go for it?
“I wanted to push myself and see if I could do it,” said the Shelburne native. “The jump I did in the super final was a jump I had only tried a few times in training a week prior to the event.
“Once I made it to the super final, I had nothing to lose.”
Nick decided to try a jump that she had never attempted in competition – a double full full – and that she had just begun testing out in training for a few weeks.
“I had a lot of emotions up top before I went,” Nick said, “I made sure that before I got in the gate my mind was as clear as it could be.”
Her clear-headed approach worked. The Champlain Valley Union High School graduate landed the double full full and earned a score of 83.69, good enough for the silver medal and her first-ever World Cup podium.
“It felt surreal (to earn the silver),” Nick said. “I had so many different emotions but most importantly, it felt so special to have my whole family there supporting me in the crowd.”
Allaksandra Ramanouskaya of Belarus took home the gold medal and Abbey Wilcox of Australia won the bronze.
Not only did Nick earn her best World Cup result at Deer Valley, her home mountain, it the first event of the season.
“It was so special to put down the jumps I did in front of my family, friends, and the great fans that show up to the DV World Cup,” Nick said. “I’ll never forget that.”
Now that Nick has a podium finish under her belt and a whole World Cup season ahead of her, the 23-year-old is looking forward to rest of the aerial season.
“My performance has definitely given me some confidence going into the rest of the tour,” Nick said. “But I will keep my same plan which is focusing on doing nice jumps consistently.”