This summer, I spent six weeks in the gym preparing for this upcoming season. My off-snow training consisted of many different components; a main part being balance. Balance is extremely important in ski racing. Without a balanced feeling on the skis, it is very difficult to make quick and strong turns consistently throughout the course. I worked consistently on the slack-like and learned to ride a unicycle, amongst other activities, to improve my balance and stability. As the season is fast approaching, I have continued to stay focused on improving my balance skills. I am headed to my first summer on-snow training camp, and I look forward to seeing how my hard work pay off.