Colorado native and this month's athlete spotlight Emilia Wint is motivated to get to the top of the podium in 2014. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
Emilia Wint took women’s slopestyle by storm with a Revolution Tour win in late 2011. Her fearless slopestyle tricks, big air and rails earned her invites to Dew Tour Finals and Euro X, all within weeks of her top finishes at the Killington Dew Tour stop, the Aspen/Snowmass Open and the Mammoth Mountain VISA U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix. In December 2012, Wint was competing at Dew Tour Breckenridge and landed a jump wrong, suffering a season-ending knee injury. Now, she's motivated to get back to the top and perform better than ever.
Name: Emilia Wint
Sport: Slopestyle skiing
How/when did you decide you wanted to compete: After being on Hawks Freeride in Breckenridge for a few seasons, small competitions were the next natural progression. After two seasons of small competitions, I made it into some professional events.
Biggest accomplishment in your career so far: 2nd Place WSI 2012, 4th AFP slopestyle overall 2012, 3rd slopestyle overall Dew Tour 2012, 5th Euro X Games 2012
Goals for next season: To come back stronger than last year and make the Olympic Team.
Favorite snow destination: Breckenridge, CO
Favorite non-snow destination: The beach
Favorite food: Sriracha sauce. Does that count as a food?
If you weren't a professional athlete what would you be: I've asked myself that question before and honestly can't come up with an answer. I've been pursuing this goal for so long that I always choose skiing over anything else. I know that I would have stayed in Denver to finish high school and then go straight to college, but after that, I don't know. Skiing is more fun than anything I can imagine though!
Time you've been most scared in your life: When I hurt my knee. It only took a few hours from the time I crashed to get the MRI results, but not knowing is a pretty scary feeling. Everything you had planned for the season rushes through your head, and you start imagining the worst. Once I found out what was wrong, though, I made a game plan and just focused all my energy on getting better.
Biggest vice: Sriracha sauce. I put it on everything, and if it's not available, my food is missing a key ingredient.
Biggest pet peeve: Improper grammar and spelling in texts
Advice to others who want to follow in your footsteps: Do what you enjoy. It's what'll make you the happiest, and with that, success will follow. There is no point in blindly following what everyone else is doing just because doing something different can be scary.