Hometown: Tampa, Fl
Sponsors: Tommy Gun speedsuits, Mandawaka boardshorts, Ryde on Sports, Radar Waterskis
Current Location: Lakeland, Fl
How did you get into skiing?
I got into skiing around age 9 when I went to the U.S. Open in Texas with my dad. That was his last pro tournament, and I remember watching him thinking that’s what I wanted to do someday. I got home and started skiing right away, and in the first year I won regionals and then competed in nationals.
When did you decide to commit yourself to skiing and take it seriously?
I started taking skiing much more seriously after my first junior worlds in Peru. When I came home from that trip I decided I really wanted to take my skiing to the next level in order to win the next one. I trained extremely hard , and then won the next junior worlds in Italy, and really enjoyed that.
Can you give us a rundown of your average day in the season?
My season is much longer than most living in Florida, but in the summer my day is pretty much revolved around skiing. I wake up around 7:30 and take a slalom and trick set (not much fun), then eat lunch, wait a couple hours then jump twice every afternoon! Afterwards I usually go to the gym, go shopping, or just hangout at the lake J
What’s your favorite lake to fly at?
Cory’s is an awesome jump site, perfect ramp, perfect boat, and always a headwind!
My most memorable moment so far was definitely winning the Junior Worlds in Italy last year. It was so cool to win after so much hard work, and being able to celebrate with my parents and team was really cool! Breaking the collegiate record this fall was also an awesome accomplishment.
How do you usually prepare for a huge competition?
For a huge competition I start getting prepared about a month before. I start doing things a bit smarter so I don’t get overtired, I ski smart not a lot, and always go into the competition ready and confident.
Do you still get nervous before a big competition?
YES! I mean I think anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t, but in some ways I’m learning to control it a bit better.
What is the atmosphere like behind the scenes? What is your relationship with the other GTF’s?
The atmosphere is awesome behind the scenes, all the girls get along really well and we all help each other with new ideas and different roles for the most part.
Any funny or most embarrassing stories you can share?
Well, the only one I can think of was at Moomba two years ago. My dad skied and took and huge crash, and lost his shorts. He was in the Waterski mag about a month later…with no shorts haha.
What are your suitcase essentials while on the road?
Iphone, water, headphones, lots of clothes, and a football J
What have been your biggest career setbacks?
One of my biggest career setbacks was a couple years ago when I broke my ankle and foot. I had to miss a couple tournaments and I was out for about 8 months, but you learn now that those setbacks are really small setbacks and they make you better in the end.
In your opinion, what are your greatest achievements so far?
Winning Junior worlds, winning junior masters a couple times, taking 2nd at the U21 worlds, jumping 50 meters for the first time, and breaking the collegiate jump record!
Who or what are your inspirations?
Regina Jacquess is a huge inspiration to me, she’s an amazing athlete, person, and has a great career! Natalia is also a big inspiration, her jumping is amazing!
What affect does being a pro jumper have on your life?
Being a pro jumper makes life awesome!! Are you kidding? Getting to travel all over the world and jump, its so nice… but a lot of work too !
How do you relax when you get a chance?
I relax by going shopping, getting massages, going to the beach, and I also love going to the movies!
Any words of wisdom to share with up and coming jumpers? Especially girls?
Train hard, and it will pay off!
Why should everyone reading this buy a GTF calendar?
Because were sexy and we know it !