At a recent retreat hosted by Oakley, Asics and Toyota, I was lucky enough to meet up with 2006 Olympic Silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler in snowboarding A Kate Hudson look-a-like, Gretchen has the girl next door looks and carefree attitude that one might not believe of an international superstar athlete.
Although she was born a mid-westerner, when they moved to Aspen, CO the snowboarding world had a new princess. After winning the silver medal and topping the XGames World year after year, she created the first-ever all-girls halfpipe competition and photo shoot called the Snow Angels Invitational. She truly emits the Oakley branded weekend of Perform Beautifully!
Here's a quick interview with Gretchen this past weekend while biking through Napa Valley.
How are things going with your training schedule?
Gretchen: My schedule is always a bit hectic but filled with loads of travel. I hit new Zealand in August and just boarded Mammoth.
Will you be competing in the next 2014 Olympics?
Gretchen: I'll be taking this next season to decide. possibly...
How has the sport changed over the years?
Gretchen: It's become more acrobat than ever before but more training tools like pads foam pits and air bags make it safer too.
Are you ever scared?
Gretchen: Yes, but you visualize every part of it before you do it then you relax commit and hit it. It's exciting.
What makes you different?
Gretchen: I always wanted to be an Olympian since I was two years old. I played hockey and then started snowboarding- I always believed. I never thought it wouldn't happen!
Andrea Metcalf is a healthy lifestyle speaker, author of Naked Fitness and social media enthusiast. Find her programs on www.FitStudio.com and www.AnytimeFitness.com.