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Hookom wins snowboarding Grand Prix

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Hookom, who won the same event last season, has two top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit on her resume this season as well.

“The sun was out and it was a perfect day for racing,” said Hookom via e-mail. “This morning, the snow was so hard and icy, I didn’t have such a good qualifier because the snow was so much icier than I expected. I was 10th, but 16 racers go to the finals, so it was OK.”

As Hookom was inspecting the course before the race, she realized it was set up exactly like last year. Her memories came flooding back and, as she remembered the moments, she remembered how much fun it was to win.

The secret, she says, is understanding why she started racing in the first place.

“I’ve been working a lot lately on not getting mentally fatigued,” Hookom said. “It’s one thing to keep your body turned, but most racers don’t realize that it’s super important to keep your mind just as strong. That’s why I focused on going out and having fun and remembering why I truly love this sport.”

In the finals, Hookom was matched with teammate Rosey Fletcher, but edged her and Aimee Newton for the win.

“I was having too much fun,” she said. “I managed to find the speed to carry me through the flats and through the finish line. I was so happy.”

U.S. Team member Peter Thorndike, of Merdedity, N.H., won the men’s competition, with Eric Warren, of Bennington, Vt., coming in second.

With two races remaining in the National Championship series, Hookom is in the hunt for the Chevy truck that goes to the overall alpine winner of the Grand Prix series. Fletcher, of Girdwood, Alaska, also has two podiums on the season, meaning the last two events this week could determine the overall winner.

The Mt. Bachelor stop continues today with superpipe finals and a Big Air competition.

The event will be broadcast on NBC Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, with the Big Air and style exhibition televised on ESPN Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. MST.

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