Name: Brita Sigourney
Home Mtn: Tahoe/Sun Valley, ID
Current Residence: Park City, UT
K2 Skis of Choice: MissConduct, MissDemeanor
Sponsors: K2, Full Tilt, Roxy, Oakley, Monster, Giro, Coal
Can you explain how you got your name?
My parents got the name from Carl Larsson, a Swedish painter, who named his 4th child Brita. My mom was pregnant with her second kid when they visited his house and fell in love with his home-life paintings and family portraits. Coincidentally, my parents had 2 more boys before they could name me Brita, their 4th child.
How is the knee? What are you doing to strengthen it?
My knee is coming along really well! The first two months were a bit rough and I was doubting if it would ever feel good again but all it needed was more time before the daily pain went away. I’ve been doing more squats and lunges than you could count plus lots of balance and strength exercises. My butt is also looking pretty good these days in case you were wondering.
What are you up to this summer?
Hanging in Utah for the most part. I’m spending a lot of time in the gym just getting ready for this Fall when I can get back on snow. I can already see that my legs are getting stronger, which is my number one goal. Summers here are so fun because when I’m not in the gym all I do is play with the best friends ever. We are always going on hikes, boating in the lakes, playing in the park… it’s all just fun and games for us. I also did an internship during the month of July at the Utah Office of Tourism, working in graphic design. Thats what I went to school for before I decided to move to Utah and focus on skiing.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m pretty good at tubing (behind a boat). If there were competitions I think I could win. The water is like my comfort zone so I really enjoy any activities involving breath holding, cliff jumping, swimming, or wave riding.
Have any fun trips planned?
I’m going to NYC in August for some Olympic-hype meetings and then I’m hoping to make a road trip out to Tahoe in August as well. September should be pretty mellow but that will also be my 6 month knee surgery anniversary which means I can finally start running and jumping again. Then in October, I’m going to New Zealand to get back on snow! I seriously can’t wait!
So…Olympics?!!!? How are you feeling about everything?
Obviously I’m incredibly excited at the thought of being in Sochi next February but I’m also a little nervous thinking about what it will take to get there. Right now I am doing everything I can to be ready for the whole process, working especially on my physical and mental strength. Since I can’t ski right now, visualization has been a huge tool for me. I’m trying to focus only on the things I can control because I know everything else will fall into place when the time comes. The Olympics are less than 200 days away so it’s really time to get on my game! I just can’t wait for everything to unfold!
Is it pretty surreal to be involved in the biggest sporting event in the world?
I feel like the Olympics are a dream for every athletic kid growing up, so for it to be so close to my reach is definitely pretty surreal. I just feel so lucky and grateful to have made it this far because where I am now used to only be something I dreamt of. I can only imagine how I would feel standing at the top of the half pipe, ready to drop in at the Olympics.
What most excites you about Sochi 2014?
I think representing America at the Olympics would be a huge moment that I would never forget. To have your whole country rooting for you has got to feel pretty good and I really hope I get to have that feeling.
Tell us a little bit about last season…
Last season was like a roller coaster. It went from the highest of highs like winning Dew Tour after ACL reconstruction, to the lowest of lows when I broke my collarbone and tore some ligaments at the Olympic test event in Sochi; ending my third season in a row in February. Then it got even lower when Dr. Cooper advised I get a microfracture knee surgery the day after my shoulder reconstruction. But if there is anything I’ve learned from the whole process its how much I love skiing because after 6 ski related surgeries in my lifetime I still think the pain and physical rehab is all worth it that moment you get back on snow.
Have you ever been a part of a topless photo shoot? Answer truthfully…
Haha… Shoot. It’s true the top was off but I still tried to keep it PG rated. You never know who’s going to be checking out the k2 catalog and I wasn’t quite ready to take my relationship with Sasquatch to the next level.
What are your goals for this winter?
I definitely have a few tricks I want to work on before the season starts, like more right spins and switch hits. I know the tricks will come but my main goal is to stay healthy and perform well and have fun doing it!
Favorite song right now?
Probably “Royals” by Lorde.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Probably my cat waking me up at 5 am. Literally a pet peeve. She’s always knocking over water glasses, biting my toes, trying to open my closet doors, and rubbing against the blinds. I mean really… It’s 5 am… Just cool it for 3 hours.
Any words to aspiring skier chicks?
Don’t be afraid to ski with the boys! It’s okay to scare yourself and falling is a part of the learning experience. If you really want to get to the top, there’s no reason that you can’t. So much of the sport is mental and if you keep your head on your shoulders and your goals in view, everything else will come.
Any last shout outs?
Definitely need to give a shout out to K2 for making the best skis and supporting me through it all. I wouldn’t rather ride anything else and I wouldn’t trade my team for any other! Also, if you’re reading this and you’re healthy, get out and do something! Don’t take your legs for granted. You are going to need those muscles when the snow comes!