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Snowboarding Legend Kelly Clark Stomps Competition

Written on November 28, 2012 at 11:39 am , by

Kelly pushes her half-pipe limit with speed and major air! (Photo courtesy of Blotto)

Written by Jennifer Fiorentino, editorial intern

Olympic gold and bronze medalist Kelly Clark is considered to be the greatest female snowboarder of all time. Kelly, a three-time Olympic team member, has won every major snowboarding event and title in the history of the sport. She was the first woman to land the 1080 in competition! We spoke with the Olympic veteran about training, fuel and success. Here’s what we learned:

Do you have a fitness motto? Train smarter, not harder. Include rest days and hard fitness.

Tell us about your diet. What are some healthy eating tips you try to live by?
Just eating healthy isn’t enough…It’s really about recovery food and keeping my energy levels up while I am being active. I eat a lot of meat. My body responds well to protein. Chicken, beef, coupled with salad and veggies.

What is your go-to post workout fuel? Chocolate milk.

What is your favorite moment in your snowboarding career? I’ve had a very long career; this will be 14th X Games. I would say winning the Olympic gold medal when I was 18 in my home country— that would be the pinnacle of my career.

You are considered to be one of the greatest female riders in history. How do you feel about that? There are a lot of riders who inspired me; they showed me what is possible to do on a snowboard. At the same time I want to continue to be successful. It’s not about doing well but staying motivated.

How have do you deal with the pressure of this title? It is something that you learn. It look me 15 years of competing to figure it out…I think the core of my success comes from the fact that I am very comfortable in my own skin. I also set goals that I am happy with achieving. This model has lead to a lot of consistency. I am doing things because I want to, because it is a goal. Being internally motivated is key.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not on the slopes?
I like to read, play the guitar and fix my home. In the summer I enjoy outdoor sports that are all training-related like surf trips. I have been surfing since I was 12.

Do you have a favorite surf spot? Destination: Nicaragua. I went there this past summer and I loved it.

What is one insider secret you have to share? I would encourage people to figure out who they are apart from what they do. Learn to operate from that place of identity not search for it.

Why is the Kelly Clark Foundation and giving back so important to you?
I received a lot of help along the way and I had a lot of people believing in me. I took a step back and looked at my career. I began to think about how I could have a lasting impact and the Kelly Clark Foundation does just that. It is now an accessible sport to everyone and that’s what I wanted to make possible.

Kelly is set to compete in the upcoming Winter Dew Tour, Winter X Games, the U.S. Open and the 2014 Olympics. Learn more about the Kelly Clark Foundation and stay up to date with the snowboard legend’s upcoming season on Facebook and Twitter.

Maria Forsberg: Dominating Dirt Bikes and Clinching X Games Gold

Written on May 24, 2012 at 9:44 am , by

Maria always gives her bod a good stretch after the rumble and tumble of EnduroCross! (Photo courtesy of Jodi Wilson and Mike Varouhas)

Written by Brittany Vickers, editorial intern

Although it’s not quite a mainstream event yet, off-road dirt bike racing is gaining more and more momentum in the world of sports. Women riders are storming events like EnduroCross and Moto X in Los Angeles, bringing in big sponsors and major successes in a male-driven realm. We chatted with 2011′s Summer X Games EnduroCross gold medalist Maria Forsberg to learn more about her triumphs and what podium she plans to stand on next.

How long have you been riding for?

Since I was four. It was really cool growing up in the sport, being a young girl who had an opportunity to ride a motorcycle.

What are some of the most important things you’ve learned growing up on the bike?

I learned that it takes a team to do what I do, and I’m so thankful for everyone’s help. Oh, and I always try to keep up with the boys!

What keeps you going and pushes you to succeed in riding?

I love to ride more than anything else I’ve done. I want to be a role model for women. I would love to see more young girls get into motocross; if I inspire them to do that, then I couldn’t be happier. It’d be really fun to spend the summer training local youth on the basics of riding, just getting more girls involved in the sport.

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Heading to the Altar…Then Off to VAIL, CO for Some Snow Time!

Written on February 9, 2011 at 8:20 am , by

I’m getting married this weekend (February 12th!) and then I’m off on a wonderful winter wonderland “mini” moon to Vail, Colorado and The Lodge At Vail. My soon-to-be hubby and I decided that planning our “real” honeymoon would have to wait a bit (wedding planning was fun, but it was certainly time consuming too!),  so we booked a quick trip to the slopes to embrace the winter theme. And we’re going to learn how to snowboard! (When we visit Hawaii in June we’ll hit up the waves for our first time too and learn how to surf!) But before I can even get excited about that, I’m psyched to see Colorado in its glory, white snow and all. The last time I went to Colorado was in the summer months during a press trip to visit the amazing RockResort lodges. I think I fell in love with Colorado’s amazing views and the easiness of life there—everyone just seemed so relaxed and they’re all so athletic! Visiting now during peak snow season (not to mention Valentine’s Day!) I’m sure will be a totally different experience. Pro skiers and avid snowboarders are zipping down those mountains as we speak—and I’m not so sure they’re ready to witness an inexperienced snow girl like me. I’ve skied before, down bunny hills during high school trips, but more than ten years later, I’m feeling a little nervous about falling and hurting myself (my fears have grown as I’ve gotten older!). Thankfully my hubby-to-be has never ventured into snowboarding either (he is however a very avid skier), so colliding and falling down is something we can do together.

Spencer O'Brien, Photo Credit: Tomas Zuccareno/Shazamm/ESPN Images

Spencer O'Brien, Photo Credit: Tomas Zuccareno/Shazamm/ESPN Images

Before I catch some air down any hills, I’m remembering these top tips for snowboarding newbies from two-time X Games medalist, Spencer O’Brien:

1. Don’t take it too seriously. You’re going to look like a goof for the first day and that’s totally OK.

2. Make sure you have the proper equipment. Your older brother’s boots that are two sizes too big won’t do. Having proper gear that fits is crucial and will make your first time so much easier and enjoyable. (I’ll tell you all about what I used when I’m back from my trip and give my rave review!)

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Winter X Games Stars Torah Bright and Sarah Burke Sound Off

Written on January 26, 2011 at 11:27 am , by

During the frigid days of winter, we all need inspiration to get outside and get active. Look no further! Olympic gold medal winning snowboarder Torah Bright and X Games freestyle skiing champion Sarah Burke recently stopped by our office to share their success secrets and tips to improve your snow play. Both Burke and Bright will show off their skills at the Winter X Games from January 27-30 in Aspen, Colorado. For more information, check out xgames.com.

Torah Bright flies high on the snowboard superpipe. (Photo courtesy of Zach Ornitz/Shazamm/ESPN Images)

Torah Bright flies high on the snowboard superpipe. (Photo courtesy of Zach Ornitz/Shazamm/ESPN Images)

FITNESS: What keeps you motivated to stick with your training?
Sarah Burke: I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s almost something that I require for happiness! I’ve always wanted to push myself and am always switching up my routine to stay fresh.
Torah Bright: I’ve realized that if I focus more on off-snow training, it helps my on-snow performance. I love surfing and circuit training in the gym with weights and plyometrics. When it’s mid-winter and I’m out on the slopes a lot, I focus on getting plenty of recovery.
SB: I love sufing too, and downhill mountain biking!

FITNESS: Congratulations to both of you on your recent weddings! How do you stay fit as a newlywed?
SB: Both of our husbands do the same sport that we do, so that’s helpful so we can be active together. It’s nice to have someone who wants to go to the gym with you and who helps to keep you focused. I also make dinner when we’re together. Otherwise, I’d just grab a bowl of cereal because that’s just so easy.
TB: My husband definitely motivates me to go to the gym, so that’s great. Jake [Torah’s husband] gives me a big confidence boost. Any time he says I do something pretty well…I love it!

FITNESS: What are your favorite foods to stay fueled with while training?
TB: Nuts. Park City [Mountain Resort in Utah] has a Cobra Dogs shop now too, but I haven’t had one yet. That may not be the best training food.
SB: I never leave my house without a granola bar, whether it’s a CLIF bar or some other fiber bar. I also like to keep a cheese stick or almonds in my pocket so I don’t have to stop on the slopes.

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