BRECKENRIDGE - At the base of Peak 8 near her home in Breckenridge Keri Herman will tell you she hates to see the ski season end.
"I'm always sad when spring comes and everything is melting," Herman said.
It's only made worse by the fact that she has to sit out these last days watching others in the terrain park as she nurses a broken hand and concussion.
"I had pretty bad injury about three weeks ago," Herman said.
Despite all that the 30-year-old slopestyle skier still has a smile as bright as a sunny ski slope after a historic season that surprised even herself, after she earned two world cup wins and became the first women to win an overall World Cup Championship in slopestyle skiing.
"I guess I'm a world champion. I didn't even know that was a title I could hold," Herman said.
Slopestyle is a relatively new sport that sends athletes racing down steep slopes lined with terrain park features and massive jumps that skiers perform tricks off of.
Herman says it requires a healthy rebellious side for success.
"That's where this sport came from. All the other sports aerials and moguls got so strict with rules and everything," Herman said.
It's a sport that's served Keri well. The world champion who didn't even try a terrain park until 9 years ago.
"I didn't start freestyle skiing, hitting my first jump and rail until I was 21," Herman said.
Now, as she's healing and looking toward the debut of her slopestyle sport in the 2014 Winter Olympics, she hopes to once again make history, becoming the first woman to be called an Olympic Champion in slopestyle skiing.
"That is a goal I am looking to try and achieve," Herman said.
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