It's Olympics season, so we're ready to talk about the Winter X Games, baby! Specifically the Games from '05 to '11, when skier Grete Eliassen won six medals in slopestyle and halfpipe. Since January 2017 she's been president of the Women's Sports Foundation, which ensures women's access to sports programs. We asked her about how she gets her work done.
Photo by Corey Kopischke
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Current Gig: Pro Skier and President of the Women's Sports Foundation
One word that best describes how you work: Skiing
Current mobile device: iPhone
Current computer: Google Chromebook
First of all, tell us a little about your background and how you got to where you are today.
I started skiing at the age of two because both my parents skied and hoped our family would enjoy skiing and playing outside together. At an early age I was always one of the last people on the mountain after the lifts had closed and I never minded skiing alone, I just loved to ski.
I started ski racing when I was 10, then moved onto freeskiing when I was 16 and turned pro around the same time. I won the US Open when I was 17 and became the first female freeskier to win the X Games at 18.
Filming ski videos and making edits has always been important to me because that's what I saw my female idols doing when I was growing up dreaming about becoming a pro skier.
Take us through a recent workday.
Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and stretch before heading to my local mountain Solitude Resort and catching one of the first chairs with a photographer. We end up shooting in the resort around the mountain as much as we can until the fresh snow is gone, then we part ways and I go home to switch with my husband so he can ride a bit too and I take care of our son for the rest of the day.
What apps, gadgets or tools can't you live without?
What's your workspace setup like?
I am mostly emailing, calling from my car in car parks.
What's your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
Grocery curbside pick-up/delivery and ordering anything and everything off Amazon.
Who are the people who help you get things done, and how do you rely on them?
My husband, he's my partner in crime. If neither of us do it, it doesn't get done.
How do you keep track of what you have to do?
I make lists on my phone, scratch paper and Google Calendar. I then prioritise what needs to get done first.
What's your least favourite thing to do, and how do you deal with it?
Listening to voicemails. However, my phone now transcribes voicemails so I can read them as text and decide if I need to listen to them. This has been an absolute lifesaver for me because it helps me go through my voicemails instead of not ever listening to them at all. Sorry Grandma.
How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?
I do not sleep with my phone in my room, this has had a huge positive impact on the quality of sleep I get. I also take a break during family events or holidays to not look at my computer or phone. Or if I am at my cabin at the lake - my friends know when I go MIA, I must be at the lake.
What's your favourite side project?
Knitting. I just started doing it this spring because I was sick of looking at my phone during my downtime. I have already knitted three blankets and a sweater. It's a nice meditation and I am making something at the same time.
What are you currently reading, or what's something you'd recommend?
I try to read a book a month. I would recommend reading Pressure is a Privilege by Billie Jean King, Extreme You by Sarah Robb O'Hagan, and any Mother Teresa biography for motivation. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle for pleasure.
Fill in the blank: I'd love to see _________ answer these same questions.
What's the best advice you've ever received?
Be kind and smile.
Is there anything else you'd like to add that might be interesting to readers and fans?
I cover the cameras on my devices when I am not using them and you should probably too.
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