In 2014, you became the first Olympic athlete (male or female) to qualify for all three snowboarding disciplines; halfpipe, slopestyle and boarder-cross. Were your eyes always set on this goal? At what age did your journey begin?
My eyes were never set on this goal! Coming into the 2014 Olympics I needed a new goal and challenge. To go back to the Olympics and try and be my best and ultimately the best on the day I needed something more.
My brother and coach at the time came up with the idea… it was crazy. Everyone though it was crazy and not possible. But for some reason it was exactly what I needed to go back to another Olympics happy and wanting to be my best. I spent more time on snow than ever before. My connection to the snow was better than ever. I felt I was riding better than ever before. It did the trick. I came home with a medal in Halfpipe, great result in Slopestyle and qualified for SBX which was always the hardest part of the journey!
I had an incredible team to support me. Amazing people who shared their time and knowledge, they all made it possible.
It was amazing, but it definitely look it toll on me! I need some time to recover after that Olympics and winter ended!
How do you kick start your day. Share with us your first meal of the day? 2 ways to detox?
The most powerful tool I learned along the way was intermittent fasting. I worked out what balance and timing of meals is best for me.
I start my day with lemon water and a coffee or tea with MCT oil and butter in it. Even when training this sustained me with plenty of energy until about 11am or so.
My first meal would bigger than my dinner. Depended what was available but it would be about 15-20grams of protein – lots of fibrous veggies with olive oil all over. My snack if I needed anything would be eggs or an Avocado with olive oil.
As far a detox goes… there are lots of ways to detox and supplements to use. But you really need to be guided through real deep detox by a professional.
A few good ways; drink lots of water. We generally don’t drink enough. Food elimination is a great way to detox too. One of my favs is actually an infrared sauna. Do a little research. So many health benefits. I can’t live without them!
Before kicking off snowboarding training, what are the key points a beginner needs to keep in mind? 5 key essentials.
- Be in good mind set!
If you’re off that morning, spend the time getting your head right. Going out on the hill skiing or snowboarding can be dangerous. If your mental space is not right, it opens you up to injury. Breathe work and saying a mantra is my favourite.
- If you are a beginner. I recommend getting an instructor! This is the best way yo get your feet and your confidence. No matter what you do in your day job, everyone needs a mentor/ coach!
- When you are on the hill be patient with yourself. No matter if you are learning how to turn or a big trick. Belief and patience in you is so important.
- Sometimes you need to keep a mantra of belief in your mind even if you are sucking!! Fake it until you make it! Your day is won and lost in the mind. What you say to yourself is so important. Choose wisely!
- Don’t skip a head. Keep working on the fundamentals. If you prefect them you have the ground work done for anything in the future!
- Be prepared to have the worst and best time of your life. Nothing worthwhile is easy at the beginning. Soon enough you’ll have a new skill that can bring you so much joy and exploration!
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