Profile: Justin Lamoureux
Age at 2006 Olympics: 29
Years with National Team: Six years (non-consecutive)
Whats your biggest trick?
Hopefully landing thats what Im working on. I just work on a fairly big bag of tricks, and my biggest goal for all of them is to land them all the time, regardless of what Im doing.
How do you get ready for a competition?
I wake up, eat, warm up, stretch, get myself together and to the hill, scrape my boards, and make sure everything is good to go. At the contest itself its generally like another day of snowboarding really. I talk to my friends, joke around a bit, listen to music.
The biggest difference, when it comes down to a few minutes before my run, thats when I start to really think about just my run and thats all. Ill go over it in my head, do a few breathing exercises or whatnot to get everything centered and focused on what Im doing. Just tune everything out.
Do you listen to music when riding, and what are you listening to?
Ive been listening to music before I go riding, then I was kind of fooling around with it at the last World Cup and had my earphones in the whole time while I was riding. It was pretty good overall. Id like to figure out a better earphone system, but overall I was pretty happy with it.
When Im riding its usually Misfits, Slagwagon, Social Distortion, and a couple of other punk bands. Those are probably the three main ones. Ive got my iPod Shuffle for riding and have a little playlist on there and just put it on shuffle. I dont have a song I just have to listen to or anything, whatever comes up at the moment is fine.
Do you remember your first snowboard?
Kemper Mini Rampage, Christmas 1988. I still have it. I skied since I was two, but once I saw my friends had boards, I was like that makes way more sense than skiing does right now because I was deeply into skateboarding and surfing at the time.
What is your worst injury?
Probably when I broke my leg last spring. I had six screws and a plate put in, it was my fib where it connects to my ankle. Im still waiting for the (airport) detector to go off one day, but it hasnt. Im a little disappointed actually.
What do you like about halfpipe?