Matthew Leseur was born in Bermuda, a country more known for its tropical temperatures and beaches than mogul skiers.
Leseur represented Bermuda as he vied with more than 100 highly talented skiers to reach the FIS NorAm Cup podium at Apex Mountain Resort last weekend.
Leseur loved competing against the top skiers that represented Canada, the U.S. Australia, Japan and Germany.
“It’s super challenging. Seeing some of the girls ski too is just crazy,” said Leseur, in his second season on the tour and attends the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy. “I had a pretty ripping run. I was probably skiing a little bit slow. Definitely could have cleaned my airs up a little bit as well. I’m pretty happy with it.”
Leseur was hoping to reach the single moguls final, but missed the top 16 after finishing 25th.
He was equally excited to try and crack the top 16 in duals, especially with how competitive it is.
“Feeling the energy from everyone is absolutely awesome,” he said, prior to advancing as far as the round of 32 on Sunday.
Leseur began skiing when he was two years old after his family moved back to Colorado from Bermuda, where his father is from, but he started in downhill and discovered he didn’t like it. So Leseur decided to try moguls and was hooked.
“It looked cool. I enjoyed it big time. It was so awesome,” said Leseur, 16, who listed Canadian Mikaël Kingsbury, a moguls world champion among the athletes he looks up to.
“The feeling you get when you ski bumps is absolutely crazy.”