Morgan Schild is one of America’s top freestyle mogul skiers, who after a two years break made a major comeback in January 2018. Schild placed third in two events at the FIS Visa International World Cup, securing her spot on the United States Olympic team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. At the Olympics, Schild was in third place after the first round of qualifications, allowing her to automatically advance to the first round of finals. She was the top American qualifier.
Women Fitness’ President Namita Nayyar recently caught up for a quick chat with Morgan on achieving such great heights in Skiing.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
You began skiing at the young age of five and were inspired to ski competitively after watching Hannah Kearney win a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Share with us your journey towards competing in the Winter Olympics.
Ms. Morgan Schild:
My journey started at a tiny hill called Bristol Mountain. I fell in love with skiing ever since I watched my older cousins race alpine. I soon became a regular at Bristol, driving down every weekend to get to the slopes. I skied in my first mogul event when I was 9 at Bristol and I’m pretty sure I got last place. As my experience increased, my competitive instincts were inevitable. I started going up to Lake Placid, NY to water ramp at the Olympic Training Center. I had the chance to jump with Hannah Kearney and watch her intensely train first hand all summer. During my time skiing at Bristol, I never had more than one or two girl teammates. The team was filled with mostly boys, my little brother being one of them. This never discouraged me because at the time I just wanted to beat everyone. This factor probably attributed to my success later on. After I found myself dominating most competitions on the East, my parents and I realized it was time to go to the next level. I moved out west for the winter season of 2014-15 and competed on the North American Tour with Team Vail. Winning 5 out of the 8 days of the tour would qualify me for the US Ski Team and send me off to La Plagne, France for my first World Cup ever. I was 16 years old, a junior at Pittsford High School, when I was named to the US Ski Team. This was the start of my professional ski career and I’ve invested my life into it ever since.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
In January 2018, you were placed third in two events at the FIS Visa International World Cup, securing your spot on the United States Olympic team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and have been gradually climbing the ladder each year towards being one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. Provide us an insight into a day in your life.
Ms. Morgan Schild:
The Season of 2017-18 has been such a rollercoaster of emotions. I had the most intense training schedule of my life leading up to it including travel all summer and fall to get on snow. Our qualification included all our events from that years World Cup tour. It was 7 competitions at 5 different mountains and 4 different countries. It was the most travel-intense tour I’ve ever experienced and had the most riding on the events. I went into every competition with a confident mind set but the most important thing I’ve learned is to move into each week not dwelling on the previous one.
My daily training life varies depending on the season. We joke that our sport has no off season because were on snow all year long. Spring, summer and fall consist of strength and conditioning work outside of skiing. Our gym work mirrors the power and quickness our sport demand. We also water ramp into a pool in the summer to dial in our tricks in the air. Its much softer to learn something new into the pool than on snow. Fall is our last season to prepare for competition so our training takes place mostly on full length courses.
(A typical training day is 7am till 8pm. Warm up, ski, snack, ski, lunch, workout, snack, video review and plan, dinner.)
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