Cover photo: Kyle Meyr
Canadian Marie-Eve Mayrand overcame a personal injury, 45- to 48- knot winds, and a collision caused unintentionally by a male competitor to place third in the women’s snowboard category at the Red Bull Ragnarok 2017 world snow-kite race in Norway.
Even though she had a heavy cold and was exhausted, she was happy to chat with us.
THIS IS YOUR SECOND TIME AT RAGNAROK...
Yes! And what a Ragnarok it has been – truly worthy of its Nordic meaning of “the battle of the gods”.
The organizers postponed the race once because of inclement weather. However conditions were still difficult and dangerous.
This year, the course was made more challenging by exposed rocks on mountain tops, and very wet snow that soaked us to the skin. Kites and bars were ripped, boards and skis were broken on rocks.