Flylow athlete Rebecca Selig just placed third in the first stop of the Freeskiing World Tour at Las Leñas, Argentina. The invite-only Red Bull Powder Disorder was the first-ever FWT to include manmade jumps. We’re pretty darn proud of Selig, who stood on the podium with winner Crystal Wright and two-time FWT champ Angel Collinson, who took second. We spoke to Selig before the contest about how she got to be where she is now.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kalamazoo Michigan, which is a big college town. I started out skiing at Timber Ridge ski area, which only has about 150 verticle. I was up there everyday, by myself because I was only person in my school that skied. I skipped a lot of school, but was somehow able to pull off straight As.
How old were you when you first started skiing?
It was always my dad’s dream, who is a retired vet, to get us into skiing. He started us out when I was about 2 ½ years old. We would go up every Sunday and every Christmas we got a new pair of skis. Our family vacations were to big ski areas on the west coast. I had a full ride scholarship for softball, but gave is up because all I wanted to do was continue skiing.
Did you always want to be a pro?
Becoming a pro was always a dream of mine, but I didn’t want to admit it because I was scared to fail. I ski raced as a kid, but wasn’t really into it because I loved the big mountain and doing my own thing. I feel so lucky to be interviewed my magazines and other professionals. It’s such a blessing.
Was there anyone in particular who helped motivate you to where you are?
My dad shared the love and passion for skiing. My ski coaches helped motivate me to get to where I am today. I’m mainly skiing because it’s what I love to do and there isn’t anything like it.
What does skiing mean to you?
To me, skiing is my church, lifestyle, everything in my life really. It gives me motivation to keep going in the summer and is what drives me to be a better person. I’m actively involved in AA and skiing helps me keep a straight line. It keeps me closer to God and keeps me out of trouble.
How do you stay in shape during the off-season?
I live with a rafting guide, so that helps me get into the outdoors. I also go rock climbing and kayaking everyday. I try to do at least 20-30 minutes of cardio everyday. I don’t have a structured workout really; I do pushups and sit-ups in my room. I have a free class that I’m able to go to every day, but I haven’t started doing that. I will have to eventually because I’ve got to start training for Argentina.I’ve have 5 major ACL surgery’s, three years in a row. So, I need to make sure that I stay on top of my strength building so I don’t have to go through that again.