Park City moguls skier Nick Page just returned from six weeks in Scandinavia and has logged an impressive start to his season.
At the World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland, earlier this month, Nick Page made it to the finals for the second time in his life and became the first American to throw a Cork 1440 in international competition. That trick entails a flip and four spins in it after racing down a steep hill with lots of bumps. He’s also working on a double – so that he’ll be ready when and if the trick becomes legal in international competition.
“I have definitely kind of throughout my whole career been very comfortable in the air and, like, trying to, you know, do the more challenging things but not, not many other people do. And that definitely kind of came around this year,” Page said. “I was the third person ever to complete a Cork 1440 in World Cup competition and then also the first American to do so.
“It was super fun to finally get one under my belt in the Big Show. And then also, I'm kind of working on this new jump that's not actually allowed in the moguls yet. It's called a double cork 1080. So, it's two flips and that's why it's banned right now but I’ve heard rumors that in the next few years, it might become a totally legal jump and then thought why not try to get ahead of the curve now and then be ready once we get the green light.”
This is Page’s second year on the team and knows the impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to international competition.
“I'm definitely different this year that has been we have to take into different precautions and all, but we've honestly been super lucky to get to do what we've been able to in the ski and snowboard teams, put great resources behind us to make sure we do it safely.”
Moguls is an event that is not only timed, but also judged.
“So, it scores out of your 100% scale - 60% of that is your turn quality how well you ski the course, and then 20% is on your jumps - how well you execute them how well you land and then 20% calculated in off your speed, too,” he said. “So, a lot of times we think like, and it definitely changes from event to event to on how the course is set up, but it's really most of the time you need all three pieces to go together to win -- which is one of the fun things you can't just be good at one aspect of it you need some a mixed bag.”
Page competed at the Deer Valley Freestyle World Cup last year for the first time and made the finals – ending up in 10th overall. He will be back again in 2021 – competing on a hill that he’s been skiing since he was seven. The competition will be held from Feb. 4 through 6. Due to the pandemic, for the first time in the competition’s 23-year history, there will be no spectator zones. Fans are encouraged to tune in or stream online.