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
In addition to alpine skiing, you play wheelchair basketball. Is there one sport you like better?
The thing about basketball is you get to share in accomplishing a goal with 11 other girls. Everybody’s just this big family. I think that’s pretty special. Alpine skiing, at its core, is a very individual sport, so you’re very much on your own when it comes to competing. I don’t think I can say I like one more than the other.
You’ve been to three previous Olympic Games. What is your favrite part?
I always look forward to opening ceremonies. Every host country really does incredible stuff. I mean, when I went to Beijing, I was like, “pinch me, this can’t be real,” you know? These women were floating through the sky. It’s crazy!
Sounds amazing. Have you ever won?
I am lucky to have three gold medals, a silver and a bronze, and I keep all of those at my uncle’s house. But I keep one with me, to be able to show off and share with people. It stays in my backpack. I actually showed it to the person I was sitting next to on the plane last night.