I am an Idaho girl who grew up with skis strapped to my feet and learned to love ski racing from a very young age. At 21, I was asked to join the United States Ski Team, spending five years racing on the Europa Cup and World Cups circuits. Top ten World Cup Results earned me a place on the 2009 Alpine World Championship Team and in 2010 I was proud to represent the country as a member of 2010 U.S. Vancouver Olympic Team.
Over the years I have had many obstacles but none posed a bigger threat than my health. After years of fighting my health I had started to lose the battle and my performance suffered. Without the stellar performance like past seasons I was cut from the U.S. Ski Team but still managing to qualify for my own World Cup Slalom Start. Then heading into last season’s first World Cup races I learned what had been holding me back and what posed any even bigger threat to my health. Doctors found a large tumor on my pituitary and told me it was growing quite rapidly. My season ended before it started when I elected to have brain surgery to remove the tumor. The surgery was a huge success and I look forward to racing tumor free.
Since the operation I feel better than ever and am back on a level playing field with my competitors. Still, now that I am healthy there is quite the mountain to climb to reach my goal, to compete at the Winter Games in Sochi next February. I have hired a coach/technician to travel with me and systematically I will work my way to qualifying once more as an Olympian representing the United States.
There is so much I have accomplished and now that I have my full health I am ready to show what I am truly capable to achieving. I plan on going from Brain Surgery to Sochi. Help me get back to the Olympics. I am ready to #MAKEITHAPPEN and #skitosochi.
I know my best and fastest turns are yet to come.