4. Is it an advantage or a disadvantage to stay so far away from home for the whole season?
It is a little bit of both. At the beginning of the year, it is really exciting to be on the road, to travel and to see all your skiing friends which we didn’t see for a while. I personally have not ever been in Europe the entire season yet, but perhaps this will be the first year. However, at the end of the year we have to be creative to make hotel life a bit like home life, talk to the family at home and still focus on skiing. That can be a challenge sometimes.
5. What is the secret behind the great spirit in the US Team?
Oh, I don’t know. Actually, it is a great collection of people. Everyone is very focused on skiing, but likes to have fun, too. It changes a bit from year to year in terms of the members, but most of the time we try to be a happy family on the road. Of course, there are some challenges, too. Racing is tough and there are head-head competitions, but definitely, it is a great team to be part of.
6. What is your favorite skiing destination?
This is not easy to answer. I think it is Seefeld, Austria, where the World Championships were. It is beautiful skiing on the tourist and the race tracks there. However, I also had a great spot where I went to highschool in Anchorage, Alaska. It is a great track system there with a lot of skiing under the lights, because it is dark during the winter.