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5 inspiring facts about bad-ass Olympic freeskier Roz Groenewoud

Roz Groenewoud
(Photo: Roz Groenewoud)

Freeskiing is making its Olympic debut this year, and no one is more thrilled about that fact than athletes like Roz Groenewoud, who’ll compete on the halfpipe, her skis soaring through the air. Today!

The 24-year-old Canadian is a two-time XGames gold medalist and a Target sponsored athlete, and she’s not shy about standing out. Rather than trying to blend into the male-dominated world of freeskiing, Groenewoud is known for sporting bright red lipstick during competitions.

“I want people to know that being a strong, powerful athlete and being feminine don’t have to be two separate things,” she says, her thick, glossy brown waves brushing against a scar she has from the last time she broke her collarbone.

Here are five healthy facts about the bad-ass freeskiier—that may also inspire your fitness pursuits (on or off the snow.)

1. She thinks strong is sexy..but also safe. “Your body needs to be strong so you don’t get injured,” Groenewoud says. To get there, she incorporates lots of plyometrics and weights into her workouts and turns to cycling to help with her range of motion.

2. She trains on a super trampoline. When she’s not near a halfpipe, Groenewoud practices in-air tricks on the largest trampoline in the world. “It’s soft and gives you more time in the air with less work,” she says.

3. Otherwise, she’s on the hunt for snow. She travels almost constantly. When we caught up with her, she’d just returned from training in New Zealand. “I’m constantly chasing the winter.”

4. Breakfast is her favorite meal. Protein is the most important part of her diet, she says, and “I’m a huge breakfast person.” She loves to make a “signature oatmeal dish” with oats, Greek yogurt, blueberries, hemp seeds, pistachios, and fried banana. (Yes, we said “fried.”)

5. She’s a do-gooder. In her downtime, Groenewoud volunteers as a coach for young girls who are aspiring skiers, and works with the humanitarian org Right to Play, which uses sports to empower disadvantaged children in areas affected by poverty and conflict. —Lisa Elaine Held

For more information, follow Groenewoud on Twitter