Alexi “Lexi” Micinski, an 18-year-old freeskier from Idaho, recently won the World Cup slopestyle final in Spain, then went on to win silver at the FIS Freestyle Skiing Junior World Champs in Italy. That was all shortly after she was named to the Freeskiing Junior Worlds team.
Before that, the rookie took first place at the Seven Springs U.S. Revolution Tour, third at the Aspen/Snowmass Freeski Open, and sixth at World Championships. In other words, she’s on a roll and one to keep an eye on.
Skiing caught up with Lexi while she was in Spain to see what she's all about.
Who do you look up to the most and why?
I look up to Sammy C for sure. I love his style and that he can shred anything—park or backcountry. He's the nicest person too.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve thrown that scared the crap out of you?
The biggest thing I've thrown was last summer at Mammoth. It was the last run of the day, and I had been trying my first 10s. I dropped in to do another 10 and just thought, “what the heck, it's soft and slushy. I'll just go for a cork 10.” It was so big, and I felt like I was in slow motion just hoping I wasn't going to die when I came to the landing. I didn't, but I didn't land it either. It was epic!
What’s something you’re working on that nobody knows about?
It's a secret!
(photo courtesy Jeremy Swanson)
This is your fourth season competing. What does it take to stay on top of your game and keep progressing?
Staying on top of my game has a lot to do with what goes on mentally. I just try to always stay positive no matter what the situation is. Also, when I mess up or crash, I force myself to forget that it happened, because if I think about what I did wrong, I'm more likely to do it again. I feel like I have progressed a lot this year. I have been skiing as much as possible and just want to have fun. Staying positive is also key to progressing. I'm always trying to get better, and I'm not afraid to try something new.
What do you do to cross-train?
When I'm not on the slopes, I'm in the gym staying fit. I also try to jump on the tramp when I have time, and last summer I got to hit the water ramps a few times.
Tell us something about yourself that’s embarrassing.
My bags were lost on the way to Spain, so I have been hitting the World Cup course in 3/4 yoga pants (what I wore traveling here). I now have a sunburn on my calves between where the pants and my ski boots was showing.
Favorite place to ski when not competing? Mammoth
Favorite place to compete? Foreign places
Pre-comp ritual? I don’t have one
Music you listen to before a comp? Something mellow to stay calm
Top 5 most-played artists on your iPod? Gang Starr is my favorite
If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Maybe a lion, ‘cause they’re bad ass.
Worst crash? Once I crashed and my ski flew off and hit me in the face. It gave me a black eye.