Gabrielle "Elle" Gaudette - Aerial Skier, Lake Placid & Minneapolis, USA




  

Follow Elle at:  Instagram: ellegaudette  & Twitter: @ellegaudette 

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Lake Placid, New York  - Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Weapon(s) of choice:  skis (slopestyle & aerial), wakeboard, skateboard, longboard, and getting the shot with my Gopro! I also love rock climbing, hiking and canoeing. Anything where I can soak up nature! 

What’s an average day for you like?  An average day for me is very busy! I am training for about 6-8 hours a day for skiing and then school for 3 hours at night.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest?  I’d say the most difficult part is learning the technique of aerials. The easiest depends on the skills of the athlete.

 

 

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Going out there, killin’ it and giving the boys a run for their money is the best part! Being surrounded by boys all the time is one of the downfalls of my sport but I don’t mind too much because I get along with everyone and am having the time of my life either way!  

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes?  I’d really like to see more girls get on the hill and not be afraid or embarrassed to try new things. It kills me every time I see a girl sit on top of the hill for hours with a board or skis on her feet and just watch everyone go by. 

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style?  I think I have my own unique style. My style is very skater/athletic girl but it is also very fashionable. I always express my style whether I am going skiing, working out at 6 in the morning, or just hanging out with my friends. My ski coaches always make comments like “Are you going skiing or to a fashion show?” I would not be myself without it. I’ve always liked to stand out from the crowd ever since I was little. My mom owns her own clothing business and my dream was to one day own a clothing store. I am often known for my style like wearing certain kinds of clothes, shoes and accessories like beanies and sunglasses. I love everything about fashion and looking cute.  

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out?  I love Jiberish, Armada, Climawear, Marika Platinum and Under Armour for sports. My other favorite brands are LRG, Roxy, Element, Urban Outfitters, and Coal Headwear, of course SheShreds and many more!! 

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best?  My motto is “You gotta look your best to perform your best”.  Looking good : Feeling good : Being confident : Performing your best 

It is quite simple actually. Feeling good about yourself and your appearance will make you confident for whatever you are doing. I know when I don’t like my outfit or appearance I am not as confident as I can be! Who doesn’t want to look good and be their personal best all the time? That is why I think looking good is very important in order to feel good! Trust me, I know looks aren’t everything but embracing your style is being yourselfJ. Even athletes can look fashionable in their gear! 

How dangerous do u really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities?  I think my sport is very dangerous compared to other sports and activities. That is the best part of it! I love the thrill of flying 30-40 feet in the air! People seriously injure themselves but you can’t focus on that, you have to focus on what can go right! 

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one.  I’ve seen tons of crashes! One is watching a teammate do his first double flip on snow. When he skied off the jump, he slung his body so much that he almost did a triple flip! He was flipping and twisting out of control in the air and then landed straight on his head. Of course I was up next after him! 

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport?  The adrenaline rush is definitely what gets athletes hooked. Also, the feeling after landing a sick jump is the best feeling ever! For spectators, they get hooked because you don’t see a person go off a huge jump into space flipping and twisting and then land on skis every day. The first time I saw a video of aerial skiing, I thought it was fake! I really didn’t think it was possible. My sport has made me believe that the impossible is possible. That is why I’m hooked on it. 

What is your favorite trick?  That is a hard question to answer! I love them all! 

 What gets you pumped up for the day?  When my alarm goes off, the last thing I want to do it get out of bed. Then I tell myself that today is another day to do awesome stuff and get closer to my goals! Sometimes I play some music in the morning if my roommate is awake! 

What are three things you could not live without?  I could not live without chill friends, music and my skis. 

What are your expectations for this activity/sport?  Mainly, I plan on being stoked every day of my life because I am lucky enough to be where I am and skiing all the time. I also plan on making the U.S. ski team one day and compete in world cups! The biggest reason why I moved and am training every day is to hopefully go to the 2018 Olympics in South Korea! 

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now?  My mom is my biggest supporter in so many ways! She was very supportive when I decided I wanted to try something different and ski! Not only is she always there for moral and financial support, but she also helps me with whatever I need to be the best I can be. She has me do some crazy workouts that kick my butt and she is very smart with marketing my sport! I would not be anywhere near where I am today without her! She is my all around personal manager! 

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)?  My favorite riders are Torin Yater-Wallace (skier) and Steven Fernandez (skater)! “The Format” is the sickest edit ever. I’ve watched it about 100 times.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing?  I am usually doing some kind of outdoor activity or dressing up and doing my hair since I am always in ski gear and a helmet on weekdays! 

 How about in the off season to stay in shape?  I go to this little gym by my house with my mom when I’m back in MN! When I’m in Lake Placid, we trampoline all day and condition.

 What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season?  My biggest goal is to get the trick “lay-full” qualified (first flip is laid out, second flip is laid out with a full twist) and do well in the NorAm tour this winter. 

What do you do to prep for a competition? Have a jam session!! 

What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also.

I am on A honor roll.

Central Division Slopestyle Champion

5th in Women’s Aerials at US Nationals 

What’s your favorite “way” to ride( wake sport- specific, cable, boat, winch)(Snowsport specific- park, freeride/backcountry, urban)?   I love riding park and backcountry!

Favorite conditions?  Bluebird skies! No wind so I don’t turn into Rudolph :)

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why?  Anywhere I could go heli-skiing. It’s on my list to do before I die! I want to go sooo bad. 

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone?

Been On (Remix) – G Eazy

Almost Famous – G Eazy

 What turned you on to your sport?  I wanted to try something new and exciting because I was not having fun with my other sports and was not very happy. After I started slope style skiing, it gave me a whole new outlook on life and I realized I had to do what I loved to do and not what others thought I should do. Skiing became my escape from reality. I wanted to move to the mountains where there was more to offer than Midwest flat land to become a better skier. This last summer I found the US Elite Aerial Development Program’s tryout camp and I went to check it out! I ended up getting asked to be on the team because I was also a gymnast. So I moved to The Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York where I now train for aerial skiing! 

Any new tricks you’re working on?  I am constantly working on new tricks! So many!! All kinds of different combinations of flips and twists. 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport?  Well, this past winter I was only expected to do a single back laid out flip on the “single” jump. My coach decided that I was going to do a back double flip on the “single” jump. I competed it at Nationals, the last competition of the season. All the aerial coaches and skiers gave me compliments and said they haven’t seen someone do a double flip off the “single” jump in 20 years and have never seen a girl do it! I felt pretty cool that day so that has to be the coolest thing I’ve done in my sport so far. 

What other extreme/action sports are you into?  I follow a lot of pro skateboarders! I also know all the lugers that went to the Sochi Olympics so I follow luge! I wish I could do both J But really any action sport I find interesting because it takes balls to do! 

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have?  I would be going to school all day, doing loooots of homework and probably sewing! Nothing too exciting because action sports are my life! 

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why?  Favorite longboard is Loaded, but of course they are the most expensive L My favorite skis are Elan Skis and Armada ARW’s. 

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself ?  Being confident and really going for it! Not leaning too far forward or backward. I know how both of those situations end up! 

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting?  Orange juice mmmmmm :) 

What do you want to be when you grow up?  A physical therapist, designer or stylist. But I really just want to be happy, so that would mean being a ski bum! I’m not exactly sure yet!