• RESI STIEGLER: Olympic Athlete & Total Babe

    We met Resi through mutual friend, Naomi Newirth. Resi is all at once magnetic, wild hearted, adventurous, and a total joy to be around! She's a member of the US Ski Team and travels the world chasing Winter. That's why it was a rare treat a couple weeks back to be on Maui at the same time! A mini photo-safari had to happen so we set our alarms and met at Baby Beach for a little morning sweat.  Resi makes 10 straight pull-ups look cool and easy!  Watching her compete this past Spring at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi was thrilling.  We were star struck! ;)
    Here is a Q&A with Resi where we ask about her training routine, life on the road, and what the future holds...
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    When did you start skiing and when did you decide to make a career of it?
    I started skiing when I was 2. I grew up in Jackson Hole Wyoming and it was just a way of life... I loved the outdoors and fell in love with skiing immediately. It came very natural to me so I just progressed into racing around the age of 6 and from there it was just one step at a time. 
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    Who has been your inspiration along the way?
    I looked up to my dad at a very young age because he was also an olympic gold medalist and he taught me to love the wilderness and have a passion for adventure. I made the US Ski Team when I was 16 so I made a lot of friends; one who inspires me daily is Sarah Schleper. Her love and hard work is so motivating and she was always up for an adventure on the road. 
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    Can you give us a glimpse into the training required for the Olympics? 
    We race from October till April every Einter even in off years of the Olympics.  So we have to travel and train all Summer. We workout everyday and we travel to New Zealand and Chile in the Summer to get on real snow to prep for Winter. During the season its mostly racing, traveling, and recoveries. Keeping the body fresh and ready for the next race. 
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    What was the best moment of the 2014 Olympics for you?
    For me the results were not what I wanted or expected but I really tried to be apart of the Olympics. Really explore the venues and get out and watch other sports. I watched a ski cross event, a nordic combined, and got to go to the Gold medal hockey game. So even though I wanted to do better I didn't waste time being sad about it and had a great time. 
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    What was the most challenging moment?
    Knowing that you weren't going to win, but that you needed to still go 100% and try and do the best you could do. After first run of the slalom I was sitting too far out for the gold but I still had the opportunity to get a result. So I had to go back up and put it all down. 
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    What keeps you centered mentally when competing?
    I really love what I do and the best part is the travel. So for me I need to see the places I go. I need to explore and take away something in my memory. Getting out for a walk, or going into a town or city and having a coffee. All of these things are what you really remember and how you keep yourself centered while running around the world. 
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    Your career takes you on the road a lot, what are your must-have travel essentials?
    I have to have a good kit for airplanes, trains and buses: a face wash, lotion, water and great vitamins. I can't get sick because it brings our energy down so much so I just have a special bag for travel with all the best stuff to stay healthy and fresh. I also try to travel with the right outfits. We have so much stuff on the road it helps to pack as light as possible. Luckily Olympia is the best for working and paring with sweaters for travel or even going out. Those are key for travel, multi use items that are comfortable and classy! 
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    We are always on the look-out for yummy & healthy recipes, do you have a favorite that you'd like to share?
    I am from Wyoming so any good pasta meat sauce I'm into. We have elk and bison stalked in the freezer so when I get home I usually like to mellow out cooking a mushroom and meat sauce with a good bottle of wine. Also Salmon. After being on the road all the time its nice to overload on some fresh salmon especially in the Winter. Putting it in tacos and finding fresh cilantro and adding brie and apple cabbage to it. (YUM!)
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    What does the future hold for you? More competitions? Adventures?
    I am feeling really strong at the end of this year. In the past I had a lot of injuries so it feels good to be coming to the end of the season still feeling fresh. I think this and some of the good results I have been having will help build into next year. We have world championships in Vail this coming year which is on home turf and should be really exciting! Until then a really fun summer with lots of great work outs. Starting in Maui with some much needed vacation and then wyoming with camping and hiking! Can't beat long summer days filled with endless adventure! 
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    Thank you, Resi! xx
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