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Aspen to Austria!

Last week the prestigious X-Games went down in Aspen, Colorado. For those who did not know, Aspen city was founded as a mining camp in the Colorado Silver Boom and named because of the abundance of Aspen trees in the area. The city is now know as a popular ski and snowboard destination, and if you come visit you are most likely to see a celebrity. I arrived in Aspen on monday, after two weeks of training and getting ready for the event in Breckenridge. As we drove into the spectacular stadium size lighting that X-games had set up for the night finals (Even Manfred Man would have been blinded by these lights), I reminded myself my goal for the week; “Enjoy the event to the fullest, in the smiling memory of Sarah J. Burke”.

The next day we had our first practice and the riders were faced with a very intimidating slopestyle course. XXL size jumps and rail features with big drops was what we would try to conquer the next couple of days.

Apart from the actual contest, X-Games is a event where you meet everyone in the snowboard industry, and more. The athlete tent is like a big party, with free fitting of footbeds, games and free bodywork. This is the place where the athletes can hang out, watch each other compete (on one of the many tv screens), eat good food or get their boards waxed.

The week moved quickly forward, and on thursday night ESPN arranged a memory celebration for Sarah in the pipe. Over 150 athletes rode down the pipe with flowers and light torches, as a slideshow of Sarah was ran across the big screen. It was a gathering filled with tears, yet I could feel the smile of a beautiful human shining above us.

Enni, Jamie and me on the podium! Congrats girls!

The next day slopestyle women’s finals was up. It had snowed over night and the course was slow as we started practice in the morning hours. As our contest was about to start, we had a meeting up at the top discussing different ways of running the competition.  We agreed to keep all four jumps in the event, despite thelack of speed for some of the features… It was go time! We got three runs and I managed to put down one run that held up to third place, finally (after getting fourth the last three years).!

The next days I took some time off and watched the men’s big air and slopestyle and the women’s and men’s pipe finals. My ankle was very happy to get a rest, as I had tweaked it training in Breckenridge one and a half week before the competition. So, after the annual Monster party at the top of the mountain, Shaun White’s perfect score (100 points out of 100), the first front flip ever on a snowmobile, triple corks on skis and snowboards and disappointment for notmeeting Mariah Carey, I packed my bags and left for Europe.

So, 20 something hours later, I’m jet-lagged, yet happy to be in snowy Austria with the Roxy team. We are having a photoshoot here before we continue to the 5 star TTR “Roxy Snow Pro” contest next weekend. Here are some more photos from the eventful week… 

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KJ-

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MINI & ME!

I’m happy and proud to share the news about my newest sponsor-deal, MINIcars.
Wanting a car that is classy, fuel efficient and creative makes the MINI countryman the perfect choice for me. Being a part of the MINI-team is something I’m very proud of, and having their support following me around the world snowboarding is a dream come true. I love MINI because it’s a company that focuses on creativity, fun and daring to be different. The feature where you can personalize the vehicle is my favorite part about MINI. At the same time it’s also a brand that cares about the future; The new “E10 bio-fuel” that contains less ethanol, can be used in all the new MINI-models and is therefor less harmful for the environment.

Read the cool story of how the MINI was invented here: http://www.miniusa.com/#/learn/FACTS_FEATURES_SPECS/history/storyOfMini-s

Here is a link to MINI Norway for the Norwegian speaking people: http://www.mini.no/

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Photokreditt: Øystein Aas

Proud to be a Part Of…

…the new all-girls snowboard movie from Lipstick Productions “5 more minutes ….please?!” It released online today and I’m excited to have some shots in this very inspiring female snow movie! My part is in the “Friends/more Lipsticks” section.

Screen Shot from my part

Here are some links to where you can watch the full movie:

http://www.lipstick-productions.com
http://www.cooler.mpora.com
http://www.onboard.mpora.com

Enjoy!

KJ

Back in Breck!

Me, my board and the trees

 

So, I’m back in Breckenridge, Colorado for some pre-season shredding and to compete in the Winter Dew Tour in December. It feels so good to be in the mountains again, after a fun summer break, breathing fresh mountain air and feeling the snow under my feet. Today I cruised around and tested some new bindings, worked on my jibbing skills and hit some small jumps to get the feeling on my board back. Check back for more updates and photos soon! On another note, I just got an invite for slopestyle to compete at the Winter X-Games in Aspen in January. I’m very honored to be on the invite list and I’m happy I get to be a part of such a badass event!

Happy winter!

KJ

 

Conscious Celebration with “Opportunity Green”!

Last night I went to Los Angeles to attend the “Opportunity Green” VIP kick-off party and award show. The business conference that is hosted at “The Los Angeles Center Studios” reaches over a period of four days and want to “inspire a collaborative culture of new thinking and unconventional ideas that pushes change in unexpected ways”.

Simply Straws - Reusable drinking straws

As an ambassador for the newly started family company “Simply Straws, I was honored to meet people that care to make a difference. Karen Solomon and Mike Flynn, Co-Founders of “Opportunity Green”, says “we believe in collaboration with individuals and organizations that look to push the envelope by creating a mutually supportive community that is invested in the future of our society and acts as a catalyst for positive change”. I was also lucky to meet Adrian Grenier from the well known TV show “Entourage”. I have to admit that I got a small case of “awkwardness” as he looked me deep into my eyes… ehh, we stopped him to say hi. The actor-filmmaker and his partner, film producer Peter Glatzer won “The Opportunity Green 2011 Eco-Maverick Award” for their sustainable company “SHFT”. The two says “Our mission is to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through video, design, art and culture”.

Awarding people that make a difference for our planet!

Other exciting thing at this progressive event was BMW’s new sustainable car the “all electric BMW active”, “The Juice Bar” and their FREE (!) electric car refill stations and “American Apparel” and their “Legalize LA” campaign using only local resources (they even have a fabric at the event).

Here are some links to check out:

http://www.opportunitygreen.com  http://www.shft.com  http://www.bmwgroup.com    http://www.simplystraws.com

Awkward - "Red Carpet pose"

Here are some more photos from the kick-off party last night

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