We had the amazing opportunity to catch up with Brita Sigourney, a half pipe skier and gold medal hopeful for the 2014 Winter Olympics, before she headed off to Sochi. We asked her everything from how she got into skiing to what her morning routine is, and of course what her favorite Crane & Canopy bedding is!
How did you get into skiing?
I was raised in a family who loved skiing and was willing to drive to Tahoe every weekend to do it. My parents put me on skis when I was 2, and I loved it right away. I think having 2 older brothers also helped with getting me involved. but I was pretty much obsessed from the beginning.
What’s the most difficult trick you’ve ever attempted?
Probably a 1080. [That means 3 full rotations while in the air]. I was the first girl to successfully land it in a competition, which was really exciting.
How do you prepare before competing? Do you have any rituals you do?
I make sure I get a good warm up and stretch before gearing up. Then I usually just put my headphones in and get in the zone by visualizing while doing deep breaths to stay calm.
How do you stay warm?
If it’s really cold I’ll wear a lot of layers under my ski jacket, but in normal conditions I’m usually really hot and sweating because we take so many laps and are always moving, especially at competitions. Sometimes I’ll be skiing in a sweatshirt at night time while it’s snowing, which is crazy because if you know me then you know that I’m always cold.
What is your morning routine?
Depends on the morning, but I pretty much always lay in bed for way longer than I should. Then I usually get a good breakfast and head to the gym. But if it snowed the night before or if it’s a good ski day then I’ll head to the hill first, and hit the gym after.
What was it like when you found out you made the US Olympic team?
I think it was one of the best moments of my life. I’ve worked so hard to get a spot on the team and to know that it all paid off was such a relief for me. I’m just so excited to be given this incredible opportunity.
What are you most looking forward to at the Olympics?
Just being in the village and meeting tons of different athletes from different countries. I can’t wait to experience it all and represent the USA!
What’s on your bed?
I have a big fluffy down comforter, a lot of pillows, and sometimes an extra blanket by my feet for those extra cold nights.
What’s your favorite Crane & Canopy duvet cover?
A huge thanks to Brita for taking the time to chat with us. Watch her compete tomorrow morning, February 20th at 6:30am PST.