Valentine’s Day is still a little way off, but there is no shortage of love for Olympian Andi Naude.
Naude, who hails from Penticton and grew up skiing on Apex Mountain, made to the super finals of the women’s moguls in the top spot, but the 22-year-old’s final run among the top six skiers saw her go off track around a gate, disqualifying her. Naude completed the run in style, doing a backflip on the next jump and skiing down to the finish line.
Disappointed, Naude still took the loss in stride, determined to be back.
“It’s not ideal, it wasn’t a medal. But what can I do? I can’t go back, I just have to keep my head up and look to the future,” she said.
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Social media applauded the young skier, with comments ranging from “@andi_naude So proud of you! Canada loves you!” from Twitter user @sadiebooboo to encouragement to remember her accomplishments. “congrats!!! It may not be the outcome you wanted but it’s a nice result. You can be proud of you.” from another Twitter user, Stéphane Tremblay.
.@andi_naude Damn right you should keep your head high! 🇨🇦 is proud of you.— Amanda Dexter 🇨🇦 (@AmandaDexter) February 11, 2018
@andi_naude Fantastic display of a positive attitude and growth mindset! Thank you for showing Canadian kids how to deal with adversity and keep your head high. All the best as you continue your journey to Gold in 2022.— Matt Fletcher (@HeyMrFletcher) February 11, 2018