Shifting focus to X Games

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Elena Hight shares a laugh with fellow snowboarder Kelly Clark at X Games Aspen.

The past year has been 100 percent focused on making the US Olympic team and competing in Sochi. Unfortunately, my journey shifted when I didn’t make the team at the final qualifiers in Mammoth.

I’m disappointed not to be representing my country in Sochi. It's been a long road. Like my teammates, I put my heart and soul into training and riding. But it wasn’t my time.

I can't thank my family, friends, sponsors and fans enough for their support every step of this journey.

Women's snowboarding is at its highest level as the world will see in February. I am so proud of my American teammates and will be cheering them on next month.

This weekend, I look forward to competing at the X Games in Aspen. There's such a great energy here. Then I plan on spending the rest of this winter continuing to travel and ride; some competing and some freeriding. I am grateful for every experience I have had this season.

I hope you have the chance to watch my first-hand account from these past couple weeks on the third chapter of my web series, Hight Hopes: A New Focus: