Betty of the Month: Nicole McNulty

Age: 16
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Home mountain: Winter Park, Colorado
Sponsors: Blindside Colorado
Recent results: Burton Am Open Pipe 3rd place, Burton Am Open Slope 4th place, 1st in open class in 2 local USASA Slope contests

What have you been up to so far this season?  What are your goals for the rest of the season?
So far I’ve been out here at Windells Academy riding at Mt Hood. It’s been a blast and I’m learning a lot. We went to Colorado for a few weeks in December for the Revolution Tour, and it was really nice to be back home. Next week I’m off to Boreal, California for the next Revolution Tour. In the rest of the season I hope to do well in the rest of my competitions and just have a ton of fun along the way.

What made you decide to enroll in Windells Academy?  Do you think it is helping you progress your riding?
I was approached by the former coach I decided to check the school out. Going to Windells Academy is one of the only ways I can ride everyday and not have to go to normal high school, because back in Colorado, I lived two hours from the mountains. It’s definitely helped progress my riding! Riding every day gives you a chance to really work on things and perfect tricks. And the coaches here are awesome, they help so much!

What tricks are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on getting my front 3’s more consistent and I’ve been trying cab 5’s. Also, switch tricks on rails, I’m not too good at those.

Something scary that you’d really like to try?
A backflip on a park jump. I can do them in the pow and I know they’re easy, but it’s just scary to me.

What is your process for learning a new trick?
I do some drills before I throw the trick so my body knows what to do, and then I try it on a small feature first, then bring it to a bigger one once I know I can stomp it.

Pirates or ninjas?
Definitely ninjas. I have a pair of nunchucks in my room.

Any advice for girls just getting started in the park?
Don’t be intimidated by the guys in the park or the other girls who throw down. They were in the same position once too. If you’re confident and you know what you want to do, you’ll do great.

Powder or park?
That’s tough. I love the park but if there’s good pow you won’t see me park lapping.

What do you do to prepare for a big competition?
I get my run in my head a few days before and then before I drop I zone out and visualize what I want to do.

Anything else i missed?
No, but thank you guys so much! I’m stoked to be the Shred Betty of the Month!

Breakfast food:
Travelers from the gas station by Windells. No, not the tourists. It’s a bagel sandwich. 
Riding song: Fireworks by Katy Perry
Snowboard shop: Blindside in Colorado Springs!
Park feature: A perfect table
Imaginary animal: Snookie. Ay JersAY!
Movie: Gladiator. Russel Crow is so gnarly.

Posted by Kelly Vance on 02/03/11

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