1. On starting the championships on a high note
Naasz is heading into the 2017/2018 championships season (his seventh) at the top of the ranks. If he wins the Ice Cross Downhill World Championships this year, he’ll be the first man to win three in a row. This year, he knows exactly how to handle the inevitable hype that comes with being top dog.
“I feel the most pressure a month or two before the season starts, but I find that the best way to alleviate that pressure is to prepare even more,” Naasz says. “So then, when I get to that race and start feeling a little nervous, I tell myself that I’m well-prepared and have worked harder than anyone else in the off-season. That eases my mind a little bit.”
Trunzo finished up last season as the No.2-ranked women’s competitor overall, just behind Canada’s Jacqueline Legere. This year, she’s shooting to clinch the No.1 spot.
“I’m going into it confident that I’ve made it to the finals,” Trunzo says. “I’ve beaten [Legere] before, and she’s the best in the sport. So I know that I can beat her again, but have to be more consistent.”
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