Q&A with U.S. Open slalom champ Adam Sedlmajer

Two-time World Overall Champion Adam Sedlmajer picked up a major career milestone earlier this fall by winning the Men’s slalom title at the U.S. Open, topping a tough field in the process.

GOODE Skis recently caught up with Adam to talk about the big win, how it changes the way he views slalom and his return to Team GOODE.

You are probably best known in water skiing as a two-time World Overall champion. Do you think this win will change how people view you and your skiing?

I am not sure that one win can change that, but I think maybe people will think of me more as a slalom skier and podium contender.

Does it change how you view slalom?

Slalom has always been my strongest event and one that I commit more time to. I know I still have room to improve and have been shifting more towards slaloming lately. Overall is cool, but slalom is the way to go for me.

Your winning score of 3 at 41 is a huge score, but you were second off the dock in the finals with a pretty stacked field to follow. What was your immediate thought about that score, and how did it feel as skier after skier failed to match it?

The whole weekend was an emotional roller coaster. Skiing on Friday not knowing whether I’d be in the finals due to the rain delays. Then I almost ended up in a run off, and with Will going down around one ball I made it into the finals with Martin without the need of a run off. The finals were crazy too. I knew that 3 at 41 off was a solid score that could put me on a podium, but my back-up score wasn’t so great, so there was some doubt. Watching everyone skiing was definitely not easy, especially since everyone ran 39 off. Lots of emotions, especially at the end.

About a week before the U.S. Open you took a bad jump crash, knocking you out of jump and overall at the U.S. Open. How did that affect your slalom training leading up to the event?

I took a couple of days off and took my first slalom ride the Tuesday before the event. After running two passes I had to go in because my neck was still very sore from the whiplash. My next set of the week was the preliminary round. But I honestly believe it helped me relax and just focus on the keys I’ve been working on the whole season. Sometimes things happen for a reason and I am glad it worked out.

You were on Team GOODE a few years back but migrated to another brand for awhile. But this year you came back. What motivated you to start slaloming on GOODEs again?

Things just weren’t as consistent as I wanted them to be. Especially before the Worlds last year. So I decided to kind of reinvent myself this year by going back to the basics and back to the things I knew worked in the past.

How does ending the year with a big win like this change your outlook heading into the 2017 season?

I think it just makes me very excited about skiing in general and quite frankly I am little upset it’s the end of the year. I am hungry for more and can’t wait to tackle things in the offseason and hopefully keep the mojo going through the Moomba Masters next year.

What are your plans for the offseason?

I am getting married in December, so things will be a little hectic. But mostly I will focus on healing my body, having fun and cross-training for next season.

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