More tricks up her sleeve

Spruce Grove, Alta.'s Jennifer Heil spoke to the media yesterday about what she is looking forward...

Spruce Grove, Alta.'s Jennifer Heil spoke to the media yesterday about what she is looking forward to next season. (Edmonton Sun File Photo)

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" might be words to live by for some. But it won't fly for the reigning queen of bumps, Jennifer Heil.

With her first world freestyle skiing championship under her belt, the 21-year-old Spruce Grove native held court for the local media yesterday.

"It's really hard to predict what we're going to need next year to be on top," said the two-time Canadian moguls champion who is headed for a two-week surfing vacation in Costa Rica.

LOTS TO WORK ON

Heil won't attempt to defend her world title or strike gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics by repeating everything that landed on top of the world this season.

"Definitely I want to have more tricks than less for next year," she said. "There's still a lot of things that I have to work on in my skiing technically."

Plagued by shin splints and a lower-back injury in previous seasons, Heil was able to hone her skills last summer and won five of 10 World Cup races.

"Last season was the first season that I was able to train the way I'd wanted to train," she explained.

"I was able to squat weights and do lots of plyometric training for lots of hopping and bounding and the quickness.

"My trainer said I finally became a real good athlete, not just a good skier."

After her Central American vacation Heil will return to her management studies at Montreal's McGill University at the start of May. Her return to McGill coincides with a dry-land training regimen. On weekends Heil plans to hit the water ramp to broaden her tricks aresena;.

"The sport is evolving real quick. It's just been two seasons that we've been allowed to do inverted jumps," Heil said.

HAPPENING QUICKLY

"The rate at which we need to learn the new tricks and jumps is happening very quickly."

One of the new tricks Heil will try to master is the back-full.

"This past season, I did a back flip cross and I want to take that a step further and do a back flip with a full twist in it," she said.

"I also want to work really hard in the gym and my speed or the rate at which I can pump my legs over the moguls to get down the mogul field even quicker."

Heil hopes to be back on a moguls course in Canada for a training camp by late June.


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