Behind the Scenes of X Games with Mike Riddle
Mike Riddle at Breakfast
Mike Riddle edged his way into Ski SuperPipe finals at X Games Aspen 2014 at the last minute, after Torin Yater-Wallace pulled out of the contest. Riddle ended up fourth overall. These images show what Riddle's week in Aspen was like, behind the scenes of the TV cameras.
Room With a View
Not a bad place to stay, this is where Riddle called home during his stint in Aspen. His room opened up to a patio that overlooked the ski hill. Who wouldn't want to enjoy a morning cup of coffee on the patio in this warm and sunny weather?
Work Before Play
Riddle showing his business side here, answering some emails and booking plane tickets.
For A Spin
Riddle keeps the legs going and gets warmed up on a spin bike for an afternoon spent practicing in the halfpipe. While out competing, Riddle says he tries his best to not put too much stress on his body.
Before going to the halfpipe to get some practice in, Riddle would create a hot/cold pool. He'd get a bucket full of water and snow, then put his legs in before going in the hot tub. This would be his interval system for keeping his body feeling ready.
This is how Riddle would get to the X Games venue each day: Walk from the hotel, grab the car, then drive over to Buttermilk Mountain. The weather in Aspen was sunny and beautiful, which made the commute pretty easy.
Practice Makes Perfect
Riddle talks with his coach for feedback after putting down a run in practice. A big part of his day was practice, a chance for him to try to nail down bits and pieces of his final runs.
The Joy of It
Perhaps the most integral part of the day, Riddle shows some stoke after putting down a solid run. Everything he does throughout the day is a key component of what happens while he's on and off his skis.
Friends and Family
Riddle shares dinner with teammates, friends and family, many of whom hold more than one of those titles in his life.
Just because you're an athlete doesn't mean you can't have your cake and eat it, too. Riddle and others on the Canadian freeskiing team finish the day off with a piece of patriotic cake.