Aly Sweet - Snowboarder - Sterling Hts, MI



 Your Age: 21

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Michigan

Weapon(s) of choice: Snowboard! With a side of skateboarding, longboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? I think the most difficult is not getting discouraged your first couple of days because you tend to spend a lot of time falling. The easiest is that once you get your balance down it’s like riding a bike.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing is meeting other girls who ride too! Because there’s not as many ladies as there are guys it can be really exciting to meet another girl who loves riding. The worst is when people think you’re not as good because you’re a girl.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I’m very laid back and chill, but also very social. I love meeting new people!

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? heShreds gear is very cool gear for shredding or wearing out, but I also love shopping at Tilly’s for my everyday wear.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I think the first step to looking good and feeling good is loving yourself and believing in yourself.

How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I think snowboarding is maybe a little bit more dangerous in comparison to other regular activities, but I also think that’s what makes it so fun and so thrilling.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I was out in Colorado riding at Keystone with some friends and lost my balance on a rail, I could tell I was about to taco so I put my arms down to break my fall instead of stomach, but with the way my momentum was going that ended up causing me to flip forward over the rail. I fell pretty hard on my shoulder, but stood right back up. Watching the video was pretty funny because the fall looks so much worse than it actually was.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? The adrenaline, the gorgeous views from mountain tops, and how accepting everyone is.

What gets you pumped up for the day? I like to do a little bit of yoga first thing in the morning to get stretched out. It’s so relaxing and leaves you feeling really refreshed to start your day.

What are three things you could not live without? Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, my snowboard, and my dad.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My snowboarding family which is a group of incredible people I’ve met through competing, my parents, my high school athletic director, and my boyfriend.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? I really love Jamie Anderson, watching her ride is so inspiring.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I like hanging out with my friends and exploring new places. For me adventure is what it is all about.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? I go to a local gym where I work with a trainer to make sure I’m using all of my muscles and not just the ones I need for riding. I also like to cruise around on my longboard or skateboard to keep my balance in check.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season?vMy biggest goal is to make it to the podium at Nationals this year.

What do you do to prep for a competition? Plenty of practice, some good food, and a peptalk does the trick for me.

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. I’m on the Dean’s List at my college, for USASA Nationals 2015 I took 8th place in slopestyle, 4th place in halfpipe, and 7th place in boardercross.

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Park! My favorite is big jumps that give you time to float.

Favorite conditions? Blue bird days, when it gets just warm enough that the snow is soft.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Anywhere in Lake Tahoe. I traveled there in the summer to visit a friend and fell in love with the whole area.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

What turned you on to your sport? Watching the winter Olympics

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Confidence, no hesitation, and speed.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I really want to be a flight attendant!

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? - Instagram: alysweett