Training regimens are, well, really difficult
"The hardest part is probably the constant training in grueling conditions. Sometimes we have really nice, sunny days, with perfect snow conditions, and you couldn’t ask for anything better, but it is often freezing cold, raining, or a blizzard, and you really have to dig deep to get the most out of the session. One thing people don’t realize about my sport is that even though I have training sessions that last 5 hours or so, I only get about 7-10 minutes doing my actual sport, because the rest of the time is spent on chairlifts, doing video analysis, taking a rest. The ski run in gates actually only lasts 45-60 seconds on any give training day, and we will take anywhere between 7-16 runs. It does not add up to a lot of time as in other sports, for example tennis, where you can hit a ball for 3 hours straight and get a TON of practice. In ski racing, you literally can NOT be on snow training enough because the time in gates is so limited"
Her life advice is quite simple
"Smile. Smiling releases endorphins in you brain that actually make you feel happier, so no matter what is going on, try to remember to smile!"
Her biggest Olympics inspiration is a familiar household name
"Michael Phelps is definitely an Olympic inspiration to me. Also Bode Miller, one of my biggest idols in my sport."
She has some incredible hidden talents
"I do a pretty good impersonation of Ana and all her different age voices in 'do you wanna build a snowman' from Frozen... I am reasonable at playing guitar and piano. Don’t have a terrible voice, although I certainly can’t belt it out in an Opera hall! I am pretty good a juggling (sort of circus juggling, but with tennis balls or hackie sacks, not knifes or fireballs), I can unicycle fairly well. and I have a passion for hair styling."
Oh yeah, about those pickles
"I love pickles. Only Claussen Kosher Dill though. I love babies. Baby animals, baby humans, inanimate objects that look like a “baby” (for instance baby evergreen trees hah)."