Your Age: 29
Your Location: Minneapolis, MN
Weapon(s) of choice: Ice skates, snowboard and skis.
What’s an average day for you like? If I’m not at work or playing hockey, I dedicate a lot of my time training for the next Ice Cross Downhill race, most commonly known as the Red Bull Crashed Ice race series. Whether it’s shredding on the mountain, spending time rollerblading at the local skate parks, improving my skating stride on the skating treadmill or on the ice, or working on quick feet, speed and agility.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The hardest thing about my sport is definitely trying to come up with the best training regimen possible. There is no permanent track for ice cross downhill, therefore, we often have to be creative to get the best physical and mental preparation. Each race track is also different. There is very little time to get familiar with the features before each race. The athletes who can adapt and learn quickly are often the most successful from one event to the other. The easiest? Showing up! It’s such a cool sport and I’m so lucky I get to race.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best thing about being a female athlete in ice cross downhill for me is the opportunity to be a pioneer in a new sport. The worst thing would be the lack of visibility and representation we get. Despite some girls being as fast as some of the guys competing, it’s still a largely male dominated sport.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? It would make a big difference to have the same visibility then the male athletes. This is an amateur sport and funding is challenging for all athletes, but especially women. With added visibility and bit more recognition, it would make it easier for us to get sponsors.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I’m pretty casual. I try to keep a balance between style and comfort.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Aside from SheShreds gear, I like Under Armour and Burton snow gear.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Considering we go nearly 30-35 mph on an icy track with features and jumps about 5 yards wide with 3 other people…I’d say it’s pretty gnarly. All the while skating/standing on 2 steel blades that are about 9 inches long and 0.1 inch wide
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. In ice cross downhill, there are WAY too many crazy crashes to only describe one.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? Everything about it! The butterflies of the countdown at the starting gate to the tens of thousands of people banging on the boards as you skate pass them in a race..
What is your favorite trick? To be in first place! There is no time for tricks…staying up is challenging enough and the goal is to be the fastest.
Do you own any other toys? I like to kick it old school sometimes and throw on one of my old pair of Salomon Snowblades
What gets you pumped up for the day? Life. It’s a beautiful thing to wake up every morning. Throw in a little coffee and I’m good to go!What are three things you could not live without? My winter hats, my skates, my friends and family.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My fiancée and my family.
Who is your favorite rider/shooter? I’d say Reed Whiting. He’s done so much to grow the sport, especially with kids. He’s also been a great supporter of all the women riders.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? I spend time with family and friends, take care of my dogs, watch some TV or play some video games.
How about in the off season to stay in shape? Same thing I do while in season.
What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? To be the next world champion.
What do you do to prep for a competition? Lots of visualization and watching videos of the track over and over again.
What competitions and other awards have you won? Include your non sports accomplishments also. I recently took first place in the first Red Bull Crashed Ice race of the season in Quebec City (November 2015). I also played NCAA DI hockey in college and won a National Championship in 2008 and was named on the Frozen Four all-tournament team.
What’s your favorite “way” to ride( wake sport- specific, cable, boat, winch)(Snowsport specific- park, freeride/backcountry, urban)? There isn’t any specific “way” to ride in ice cross downhill. Although if I’m skiing or snowboarding, I just like to spend time in some powder and work on my techniques in the park.
Favorite conditions? Snowy powder days are the best. For ice cross downhill, it’s better to have overcast, no snow, no wind and colder temperature. That’s when the ice is in the best condition.
Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? Any Red Bull Crashed Ice I compete in is a dream come true. As far as skiing and snowboarding, I’d love to visit Switzerland or the French Alps.
What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? No song. Just the wind, the noise of my blades hitting the ice and the crowd around me.
What turned you on to your sport? The novelty of it and the fact that it’s a perfect match between two sports I grew up with: hockey and downhill ski.
Any new tricks you’re working on? I need to work on my start at the gates.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport? Winning.
What other extreme/action sports are you into? I love riding motorcycles in the summer.
If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have? Inventing one.
What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? My skates are Bauer. My board is Burton. My old school Snowblades are Salomon. I’m working on getting a new pair of skis right now.
What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Sticking the landing.
How would you describe your riding style? Fast.
What would you say is your signature trick? I’ve gotten pretty good at mastering the rollers.
Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Redbull.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A good and kind person.
Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Youtube, Vimeo, FB, Instagram,Twitter etc. etc.
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