In only her second season on the international circuit, Welsh snowboarder and SockMine ambassador, Maisie Potter has her sights set firmly on the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Competing With the Best
This was her first World Cup season competing alongside the stars of the sport including fellow Brit and Team GB Olympian, Zoe Gillings-Brier. Although she admits her first experience at this level was a huge challenge, this should now give Maisie the confidence and the platform to push on to the next level.
Maisie Said “To summarise the winter, it’s been a huge learning curve to say the least… I got thrown in the deep end to be honest. Especially with everyone at the peak of their game in the Olympic qualifying year.”
“It was a bit intense mentally and physically during the first half of the winter. There was also a lot more travelling than what I was used to. Nonetheless, I have my first World Cup season with the ‘bigguns’ out of the way.”
“It was a risk but it has definitely paid off to be where I am now. To begin with, I just wanted to make sure I made it down the course and to come away in one piece! Towards the end, I actually felt like a competitor. I was determined to race and beat people so there was a definite change in mindset.”
As the season progressed, Maisie gained momentum, securing several strong results at the back end of the season. A highlight being the World Championships in Spain where Potter first cracked the top 20 at that level, earning an impressive 14th and meeting half her Olympic criteria in the process.
The full list of Maisies winter results are shown below:
Winter 2016/2017 Results
- Pitztal European Cup – 17th
- Pitztal Junior FIS – 3rd & 6th
- Montafon, Austria World Cup debut – 30th
- Solitude, Utah World Cup – 26th
- Czech FIS – Back to back wins
- Bansko, Bulgaria World Cup – 27th
- Feldberg, Germany World Cup double header – 31st & 33rd (First world cup points and onto the Olympic quota allocation list)
- World Junior Championships in Czech- 18th
- Sierra Nevada World Champs, Spain – 14th (half of my Olympic criteria met)
- Veysonnaz World Cup finals, Switzerland – 24th.
- World Cup team event with Zoe Gillings in Veysonnaz with Zoe – 6th
Maisie said “My result at World Champs really gave me a huge confidence boost and made me eager for more. As a result, Veysonnaz was probably my strongest performance yet in terms of my riding.”
“It’s been such good experience having time on the bigger courses as this has really enabled a lot of progression in a short space of time. I am grateful for my coach who has pushed me and also to my team mate, Zoe, who I’ve learnt a lot from.”
Potter now finishes winter ranked 33rd on the Olympic quota allocation list which is sure to give her confidence and motivation heading into summer training.
We are extremely proud to be supporting Maisie and providing socks which care for her feet whilst she is competing on the slopes. Her favourite socks to wear whilst racing are the Tweetie Pie Snowboard Socks, made with Merino Wool to keep boarders warm and comfortable so they can focus on speed and balance. Maisie wore these when she came 14th at her first World Championships finals.
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