Freeskier Maggie Voisin had a rough 2014-15 season: she suffered a season ending injury at the first event of the season. “I tore my left ACL along with both my lateral and medial meniscus,” Maggie explained. “I didn’t return to snow until a little over nine months out from when I got surgery.” But after the winding road of rehab and training, Maggie hit the ground running in 2015-16, ready to reclaim her spot as one of the best in the sport. .
While Voisin returned to snow in November of the 2015, she took her time coming back, targeting Winter X Games in late January to stage her comeback. In the mean time, she had to watch her MEC teammates Emma Dahlstrom and Giulia Tanno stand in the limelight. At X Games, which she hadn’t competed in since 2014 when she won a silver medal, Maggie didn’t miraculously come back and win, but was happy nonetheless. “Coming back for the first time in Aspen was definitely nerve wracking but more than anything I was so happy with the way it all come together,” she said. “Even though I got the dreaded fourth place [laughs], I was happy to see that my run and my skiing held its own with the rest of the field with the short amount of time I had back on snow!”
From Aspen, Maggie continued to build more time back on snow… sort of. She headed to Boston to the man-made Big Air inside Fenway Park, where she would eventually finish in fifth place, but gain much needed confidence. “Oh, my confidence for sure grew a lot at every event,” Maggie explained. “In Aspen I got out my first-time back jitters out of the way and in Boston all of us girls together competed on a scaffolding jump for the first time.”
Once she got the feel for the podium, Maggie kept the train rolling down the tracks to Silvaplana, Switzerland for the final World Cup of the year. In the picturesque Swiss resort, Maggie was a part of the Monster Energy slopestyle sweep, as she took third behind aforementioned Emma Dahlstrom and Giulia Tanno.
After opting out of the European Freeski Open, Maggie made the trek back across the pond to the Nine Queens photoshoot and contest. The format really allowed Maggie to showcase all her talents over a four day period, as she stacked video and photos with the various media. On the contest day, using a modified Big Air format, Voisin managed a 2nd place finish, behind Tanno, a great way to end her season, given how it had started. “What I have taken out of being injured… I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself as an athlete and just as a person,” mused Voisin. “As time went on through my rehab I learned to make my frustration my fuel to be the best I could be when I returned to snow.”
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