Who Dat? Ming Goetz

Mud freckles makes everyone happy! Location: Powderhorn Photographer: Justin Barr

Mud freckles makes everyone happy! Location: Powderhorn Photographer: Justin Barr

Hometown: Montclair, NJ
Current home: Gunnison, CO
Years riding: 5 1⁄2 years
Sponsors: Deity Components, 100 Percent, Mountain Creek Bike Park, Sweetlines  

Ming has suicide no handers on lock down!! Mountain Creek bike park. Photographer: David Palling

Ming has suicide no handers on lock down!! Mountain Creek bike park. Photographer: David Palling

Favorite trail/spot: Lower Dominion at Mountain Creek Bike Park. Could session that all day!

Racing the 2018 Pro Grt at Mountain Creek, steezy! Photographer: Paul Hanson

Racing the 2018 Pro Grt at Mountain Creek, steezy! Photographer: Paul Hanson

Second place at Sugar Showdown, your first year there, you must be stoked on that!! Embarrassed to admit, I definitely thought Sugar Showdown was a little bit silly before going there, but I’ve never been so wrong about something. Kat Sweet put together what was hands down the most exciting and fun experience I’ve ever had on a bicycle. Never competed in an event where I was supposed to boost the jumps rather than scrub them. Was so cool standing up on that hill wondering what trick to throw next, instead of wondering if I should plan my funeral because I hadn’t gone through the rock garden clean in practice. Second place was unreal! There were so many hardcore shredders out there, it was definitely competitive. Since last summer, literally told every single lady shredder I know to come out and ride this event! 

Superwoman Ming at Sugar Showdown. Scoring second place at Sweetlines’ annual event. Photographer: Woodenville & Westside Bicycle

Superwoman Ming at Sugar Showdown. Scoring second place at Sweetlines’ annual event. Photographer: Woodenville & Westside Bicycle

How long did it take you to learn to do a superwoman?: It’s called a superwoman now??! So cool! So, it actually took me half a day on Lower Dominion to learn how to superwoman which is kind of crazy. I went to Mountain Creek my last day before leaving for college and learned how to no-footer and superwoman in the same morning. Was a lucky SOB too. No crashes just went for it, was pretty consistent on the old bike. The newer bike is bigger and longer, been trying to re-learn the trick which is frustrating. Lots of crashing - Think I’ve only landed one. Not a great confidence booster but I’ve done it before and it can happen again! 

 Editor’s note: Lol, it is not know as a Superwoman now, although we think it should be. :) And yes Ming, you’ve done it before you can do again!! Only took you a half day, wow, hero status!!

No footer with SPD’s and with such extension!! Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Photographer: Jeremy Wallace

No footer with SPD’s and with such extension!! Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Photographer: Jeremy Wallace

Do you prefer an air bag or foam pit when learning tricks? Where do you usually go to learn tricks?: Not quite sure whether I prefer an air bag or a foam pit really. Used them a handful of times. The air bag at Mountain Creek has more air time than the foam pits I’ve hit, so would probably say that. Also, can jump my DH bike into that air bag which is a plus. Learned how to suicide on the air bag, learned one-footer tables in a foam pit. Otherwise, stick to the Mountain Creek jumps that I know and where I love learning new tricks. P.S. have yet to pull a McCaul into a swimming pool.

What’s your favourite trick that you currently do? And which tricks are you working on?

My favourite trick that also has sort of become my signature trick is a suicide no hander, but also love a good table on a Mountain Creek hip. Love to brag and say that superwomans are my favorite but they scare the crap out of me. In the process of working on tuck nos and getting superwoman back. Never done a tuck no hander to dirt!  

Kicked out whip at Killington Bike Park’s Pro GRT in Vermont. Photographer: Zach Faulkner

Kicked out whip at Killington Bike Park’s Pro GRT in Vermont. Photographer: Zach Faulkner

Travel or competition plans this summer?: Oh boy, summer plans are so hard to make! The Sugar Showdown is definitely on my calendar as of now as well as Crankworx Whistler!  

You worked at Mountain Creek for a summer, what’s your favorite run there?: I’m going to be massively detailed here: Greenhorn, Upper Deviant, Lower Dominion, Salvation, a little hike- a-bike to Lower Greenhorn (Cabin detour), and then hike-a-bike to hit the end of Crap Chute into Lower Ripper. Quite fun. 

Ming and Sean O’Donell’s timing is on point to get this double suicide no hander!! Location: Mountain Creek Photographer: Mike Finacchiaro

Ming and Sean O’Donell’s timing is on point to get this double suicide no hander!! Location: Mountain Creek Photographer: Mike Finacchiaro

You really like soccer, who’s your favorite team? And, if you could play a pick up game anywhere in the world where would you go?: I do really love soccer! I feel like in the DH world, everybody hates on the sport. My team is Tottenham Hotspur (COYS) and I’d quite like to play a pick up game somewhere in Argentina. The soccer (football) scene there is unreal.  

No afraid to block the shot, Ming is also a goalie!!

No afraid to block the shot, Ming is also a goalie!!

You’re going away for a year and only allowed to take 5 things, not including clothes, food, or shelter, what will you take?: Ooooh going away where? I hope it’s sunny. Also do knee pads count as clothes? In a perfect world, I’d probably bring a fun little 26” trail/enduro bike, a CD player, a big box full of CDs, a game of mancala, and my mom. Also I really hope all- you-can-eat Carvel ice cream is on the food menu. Could I put in a request? 

Green River, Utah

Green River, Utah

Any shoutouts?: Biggest, hugest shoutout to Mountain Creek Bike Park for making my little heart happy by providing big jumps and cabin drops for me to ride my bicycle off of. That tiny mountain allows me to progress so much and the community there is so supportive. Also just a shoutout to all the cool people I know both on and off the bike, (friends and family) for supporting me and my ridiculous obsessions of bike related things such as wheel sizes, “that video on Pinkbike”, and Cam McCaul’s suicides. Also for not immediately unfriending me when I run down the sidewalk with a stick as my handlebars pretending I’m Brandon Semenuk.

Getting some time in at Ray’s Indoor Park. Photographer: J Pennucci Photography

Getting some time in at Ray’s Indoor Park. Photographer: J Pennucci Photography

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