Winter Jam Stockholm and my first trip to the US!

Gjermund Bråten

Friday morning 21. November I was supposed to be sitting on an airplane direction Stockholm. Thanks to Thomas Harstad and Jonas Greve I got a later flight, and an interview with VG, the main newspaper in Norway! VG is making an article with 8 young talents which they’re publishing in their first issue of 2009. There I was, at one of Oslos most fashionable hotels shooting pictures dressed up in smoking, hehe, yes, it was awesome!

A couple of hours later I landed in Stockholm, running my ass off to catch the first train and the first taxi to reach the practice. I made it, even though it was a close call! After doing some straight airs, and some 9′s, I and a lot of other Norwegians went to our hotel.

Saturday morning 22. November I was standing on top of the big air ramp, ready to drop into qualifications. After first round I placed 7′th with a bs 9 mute. (Only 6 persons per heat made it to finals). Since I had a good feeling, I went all in on the second round and tried a bs 12. That worked out pretty well, and I placed first with the highest score of the day! In the finals I tried to do the same but didn’t have the feeling at all, it ended up with 3 bails and a 12′th place. Anyway, I’m stoked! Props to Winter Jam for a good jump, awesome event, and at last, a great party! (Maybe that was because of the free beer at the riders lounge!)

Tuesday morning 25. November I was awake at 6 in the morning with the biggest jet lag ever! Me and the rest of the national team were getting ready for snowboarding in Keystone, Colorado! This is my first trip to the US, it is off the hook! Everything is bigger and better.

Since Tuesday we have been riding kickers and rails in Keystone and Breckenridge, and on friday we had a übergreat session in the pipe of Copper. If I had had the money I would buy a house here in Breck, I’m convinced!

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