Winter X Games Preview: An Interview with Meg Olenick

With the Winter X Games taking place this week in Aspen, Colorado, we asked former X Games competitor Michelle Parker (who’s currently out with a knee injury) to speak to a couple of this year’s Winter X hopefuls—including Meg Olenick, interviewed here—about what goes through their heads the night before competing, who their podium picks are, and if they have their runs already dialed.
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Meg Olenick

Personally, the night before a competition I get really excited. I try to visualize my run as much as possible. As hard as I try to sleep, sometimes my eyes don't close until well into the night, but I still have plenty of energy at the top of the course. I'm always wondering what’s going on in other people’s heads. Did they get eight hours of sleep last night? First, I asked Meg Olenick. You may recognize her last name because of her older brother’s double flip in the pipe.

What do you do to prepare yourself for X Games prior to the competition and during the competition?
I was turned on to this book, Thinking Body Dancing Mind the Tao Sport and I read it throughout the season, but focused on the competition portions of the book before a contest. It just gives me another way to look at the aspects of sport and the ups and downs that go along with it. During the contest and training if I am having certain issues I try to think back to what the book said about conquering these issues. And I really just try to have fun out there.

What does this competition, the Winter X Games Fourteen, mean to you?
This competition to me is kind of like the Olympics of our sport, so I am just really honored to be invited to it and be a part of it. Another positive for me is that it’s in my hometown so all my family and friends can be there supporting me and be part of my experience.

How have your older brothers influenced you?
I owe all my love for skiing to my older brothers. If it were not for them I would not have ever gotten into skiing and stuck with it. They are the ones who pick me up after a hard fall and then sit on the chairlift with me to pump me up to do it again. They are my support system. If they did not ski, I would not ski, it is as simple as that.

This is only the second year of slopestyle being in X Games for women. Can you describe last year’s event?
Last year all the girls were so stoked just to be a part of X Games, so there was a constant good vibe going around. On the other hand it was the worst weather I have ever had to compete in. It was dumping inches every hour, so we could not clear any of the jumps, which made it a tough contest. So I am keeping my fingers crossed for better weather this year.

If there is good weather this year, the girls are likely to step it up. You've been out there skiing with everyone...who are your picks for top three?
Well, all the girls are looking good but if I had to make a guess I would say that the podium will consist of Kaya Turksi, Anna Segal, and Keri Herman in no particular order. Those girls are motivating to watch and are advancing the sport like crazy.


Kaya Turski

Winter X Games Preview: An Interview with Kaya Turski

The Winter X Games are happening this week in Aspen, Colorado, so we asked former X Games competitor Michelle Parker (who’s out for the season with a knee injury) to speak to a couple of this year’s Winter X hopefuls—including Kaya Turski, interviewed here. Michelle spoke to Kaya about her pre-competition rituals, what's on her iPod, and her 53-hour roadtrip from Montreal to Mammoth.

Anna Segal X Games

X Games: An Interview with Anna Segal

Pro freeskier Michelle Parker talks to last year's X Games women's slopestyle winner Anna Segal—who's sitting out this weekend's competition in Aspen due to a knee injury—about teddy bears, after parties, and her picks for top three men and women in slope and pipe.

Jess Cummings Action shot

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Dylan Crossman at Kirkwood

An Interview with Dylan Crossman

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American Keri Herman won a silver at the Winter X Games in Aspen earlier this year, and today, she earned another silver in slopestyle, thanks to her second run, which included a 540 true tail grab.

European X Games

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