You are a multi-talented woman, from piano to skiing and beyond. How did you choose to follow skiing as your main passion and how do you balance that with the other things in life you love?
To be honest, it was never a question in my mind of what I wanted to pursue. I always wanted to be a skier, it just seemed obvious to me. I played soccer and tennis quite well, but I never saw those as possibilities for a career. I don’t know why that is, but it made it much easier for me to be able to enjoy the other things that I like, without being torn between those things and skiing. Now I think back and I realize that maybe I could have been a soccer player or even a tennis player, but I loved doing those sports for fun and also as cross training. It’s important for everyone to have some outlet, and for me my outlet can be other sports, or playing music, or a number of other things that challenge me in a different way than skiing.
In what ways do you see yourself as instrumental in inspiring other females to either try skiing or dedicate themselves to skiing? How can your success inspire other females?
Everyone has an idol, whether it’s an athlete, an actress, a musician, or a world leader, and we all aspire to be like our idols. I used to watch Anja Pärson, Janica Kostelic, Lindsey Vonn, Marlies Schild, and so many other great skiers and I wanted to be as good or better than them. I imagine I inspire other girls in the same way. Many young girls have come up to me and said that I inspired them to try ski racing or to work harder in the sport. It’s incredible that I can have that sort of an impact on someone’s life, but when I think of how many idols I have and how they have impacted and inspired me, I realize that I won’t be the first idol for these young girls, and I won’t be the last. I can only hope to inspire them in a positive way during the time that they look up to me! If I had one piece of advice that I could give every girl out there, it would be to find something they are passionate about, put all their discipline and effort into it, and remember to smile as much as possible even when it is painful and frustrating. Everything else will come.
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