On her public
appearances after winning gold in the women's halfpipe
Letterman was rad.
He was so nice, and he gave me one of those black jackets that says LATE
NIGHT�on the back. I heard that he hasn't given a jacket to one of his
guests in, like, three years. Then I went to Daytona to wave the green flag.
Sometimes I need to just take 10 seconds to breathe and take it all in.
On growing up in
Belmont, Vt. (pop. 328), with four older brothers
My favorite thing
was bouncing on a trampoline. When my brother Abe was 12, he wanted one bad,
but my parents couldn't afford one, so Abe baked and sold apple pies around the
neighborhood until he saved enough for one. There's this fantastic picture we
have at home of all five of us bouncing on the trampoline at the same time. Our
family has a really good foundation.
On her maple syrup
The family would
go in the woods together and collect the sap out of the buckets that we hung on
the trees. Then we would bring it back to the sugar shack in our yard and hang
out with my dad while he boiled it down. Once it was done, we'd get a bowl of
snow and pour the syrup on it. It's a supergood treat. We still do it every
Snowboarding is free. You make up your own rules. Sure, you have to do a
certain number of airs and rotations, and to qualify for the Olympics you have
to get a top 25 spot in a World Cup, but once you hit the pipe you can pretty
much do your own thing.
People think we're
partyers and that it's just a party sport. It's not. We train like everyone
else and take things seriously.