It had been four years since Beaman, now an elite backcountry film rider, won her last X Games medal, and it had been even longer since she'd put serious emphasis on competing. When Jankowski asked Beaman if she might try and make the 2014 Olympic team, the answer was easy.
"I kind of laughed it off, like, no, I'm not really into it," Beaman recalls.
Over the next year, Beaman thought harder about the Olympics and realized she wasn't so sure about not wanting to qualify. She still loved riding terrain parks, and she knew she was good enough. The opportunity gradually went from "no thanks" to irresistible. "If I didn't at least try," she says, "I might be kicking myself down the road."
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