Riding a sled that is totally new to North America is such a cool feeling. My first ride on the Lynx Rave felt awesome – the way this sled handles in rough conditions made me fall in love with sledding even more. My riding style is a bit of everything, but most of the time it’s high-speed and extremely aggressive, and the sled could handle everything I threw at it. It truly felt limitless under me: rough trails, tight turns, big jumps, even some deep snow. The sled is like a multi tool! It can pretty much do it all!
My father lived and breathed for sleds and he instilled that in me. When I was 6 he gave me a Ski-doo Mini-Z for Christmas. It has been in our blood to be on a snowmobile for as long as I can remember. The feeling of traveling through the forest and exploring the country on the sled – cutting across lakes and ditch banging and racing down trails is just a sweet feeling!
To me, sisu means perseverance – really sticking it out. In 2015, I heard X Games was bringing hillcross back. I was already a two-time pro champ in hillcross but I had retired for four years, hadn’t touched a sled. But I couldn’t resist the challenge. My father built the turbo sled and we got back into racing. At the qualifier I bent my rails, got landed on twice and kept getting taken out. It was extra frustrating. Every race that I didn’t get taken out I would win by a healthy lead, so I knew it was down to bad luck. But I pushed through and qualified for the winter X Games. That took sisu, to make my father’s and my dream come true.