While the rest of us hibernate, these 11 American Olympians are braving the ice and snow in pursuit of a medal at the Sochi Games. They took a breather to talk to Hemispheres.
Author Jacqueline Detwiler Photography Sasha Nialla
“Winningest snowboarder in the U.S.” is quite an accomplishment. Where do you keep all your medals?
My family owns a restaurant, and they made it a snowboard-themed restaurant after I won the Olympics in 2002. You have all these medals and all these trophies, and nowhere really to put them. What are you gonna do with them? So they just put them all on display at this restaurant, and people can go there and see my Olympic medals, X Games medals, letters from the president—anything I’ve acquired in my career.
Do you ever take your friends there to show off?
No, but if I walk around there for too long I get all nostalgic. I’m like, “I remember that—it was 12 years ago, it was an amazing contest.” I’ll get totally lost if I start looking around too much ’cause I just get flooded with memories.
If you weren’t being photographed for a magazine today, what would you be doing?
You know, it snowed about a foot and a half yesterday in Mammoth. I’d probably be hiking some mountain trying to get a few turns in in the early season. I’d be way out in the middle of nowhere.