Red Mountain racer Soleil Patterson is off to the U18 Canadian National Championships.
At a recent FIS event at Kimberley Alpine Resort, Patterson racked up a win in the Super-G, and two second-place wins in both the Super-G and Downhill. Given her recent success, it’s no surprise to learn that she’s feeling confident leading up to the championships in Collingwood, Ont. from Feb. 23 to 26.
“I’m pretty positive about it. I think it will be successful. I’m one of the top athletes right now,” she said.
Patterson competed at nationals for the first time last year and came in sixth in the Super-G and was most improved skier. This year, she’s hoping to improve on that.
“In the GS’s I’m definitely going for top three, and the Slaloms is a little bit weaker as my event, so I’m planning on a top five at least,” she said.
Patterson’s success is especially impressive given that she’s not able to train on the snow in the off-season, the way some of her competitors can.
“Sometimes I don’t have [as much] training as them, because I can’t get myself to … Chile or New Zealand to train, but I work my hardest to make that up when I do have snow here,” she said.
Patterson is currently raising money on her GoFundMe page to help pay of for her trip to nationals. She’s hoping to raise $2000 and currently has just over $1300 raised. Those who would like to contribute can do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/f42hymjn.
“I’m very thankful for all my supporters in our community and I hope they follow me on live-timing.com,” said Patterson.