Q: How can skiers leverage other people to help them improve their skills?
Find the best person and just try and keep up with them. Ride with them as much as you possibly can, because that's how you get really, really good. From a personal perspective, I'm like a sponge. I'm always asking people, “Yeah, but what if you did this? What if you put your hand a little bit lower? What do you think about when you take off? What do you think about when you're going backwards?” I ask my fellow competitors and teammates and they're really open and understanding to give answers. They want to give answers. So I would say ride with the best person possible. Unless it's a powder day. In that case, go at your own pace—because there are no friends on a powder day.
Q: As you start becoming a better skier and doing bigger and more advanced things, how can people push themselves past their fear zone?
You definitely need to have positive self-talk. I always say, “I got this.” And it's good to have that confidence, but it's also good to be a little bit nervous and scared because it keeps you on your toes. So you're not so confident that you get a little cocky and overdo it. It's all about calculated risk, right? I've seen these tricks in my head. I've done them on the trampoline. I've talked about them with other people. Then when the moment comes and the stars align—it's a beautiful sunny day and there's no wind—that's the moment to do it. It's on. A lot of it is just waiting for the right timing and the universe will present that opportunity.
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