“I was lucky to race from the start but then nothing went according to plan. I wasn’t able to show what I could do, which was very depressing. The pressure was on and I forgot how to enjoy skiing. But having some time away from the tour made me find my passion again, just in time!” Do you have any stress-busting tips when it gets tough?
I know all about that; every athlete goes through highs and lows. I get stressed too when I’m not able to showcase my full potential. It’s hard when people always place high expectations on you. I’d therefore say, no matter what sport you’re in, you have to do the best you can to focus on yourself and on what you have to do and not put too much pressure on yourself. And you must always be aware that others are struggling with these problems too.
What’s your goal or resolution for 2019?
I’ve decided to have fun, experience some cool things and spend as much time as possible with my family and friends. In other words, to have a healthy work-life balance. If you can achieve that, you’ll be fine. The most important thing always for me is to stay healthy. Without it, everything else is useless.
Do you have a particular skin and hair care routine to beat the challenges posed by varied weather conditions?
I care for my skin with a lot of moisturiser, occasionally with oil too if it’s very rough. And of course with sun cream if I need to. I don’t do much with my hair except wash it regularly. When it’s cold or wet, I often braid my hair so that it gets a bit of protection.
What’s your take on fitness for women and your message for our viewers?
I think it’s cool when women want to hit the gym and get fit, because strong women are beautiful women in my opinion. You don’t just have to be slim all the time. Speaking for myself, I’m very satisfied with my body, but sometimes I too have the feeling that one bit or the other isn’t quite so great. As a ski racer, for example, I’ve got very wide thighs. But it’s nice that not everyone looks the same. That’s why I hope that you appreciate your bodies. I also hope that you find a sport that you like and that does you good. Because it’ll make everything a lot easier.
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