Kailey Koehler: My World Championships Experience

I have had the privilege to attend three world championships.  The first worlds that I went to was held in Otaki, New Zealand.  I was 13 years old and let me tell you, I was a little bundle of nerves.  It was my first big tournament and I had no clue what I was doing.  I went to New Zealand not knowing what to expect, but I had the time of my life.  I was able to meet people from all over the world, and I was able to ski with professional athletes who I idolized.  I qualified as an independent skier in tricks and slalom.  I skied quite well considering the level I was at with my skiing and all the pressure I was under.  After I skied, I was able to tour the beautiful country and explore the different cultures.  I went bungee jumping, saw sheep roaming the streets, and skied on the lake that “Lord of the Rings” was filmed on.

My first worlds was an experience that I will never forget and it was a stepping stone to the level of skiing that I am currently at.  My first worlds was when I realized that I was serious about this sport and I got the drive to become a better skier.  Ever since then, I began to train at the World Barefoot Center, where world champions are made.  My coaches taught me new tricks and they encouraged me to push past my limits.  As I continued to grow as a skier, I was able to go to a second world championships in Brandenburg, Germany.  I was on the US Junior team and we received the overall team gold medal.  Germany was a great experience that created many lasting memories.

The last world championships that I attended was held in Waco, Texas.  I skied in the junior division for the last time and I also competed as an elite skier.  I had so much fun and was able to take home a few medals in the process.  I am so lucky to have had the privilege to go to the world championships and I hope to go to the next one in Australia.  I look forward to meeting new people and catching up with my friends from all over the world.

by Kailey Koehler

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply