And full time badass, may we add.
We had the opportunity to interview Elena Hight, a young olympian making history in the world of snowboard. Even though she was born in Kauai, surfers’ paradise, Elena’s life changed drastically when her family moved to Lake Tahoe. There, she started over a new life and with it a whole new career.
Elena has overcome plenty of obstacles on her way to the top of one of the most dangerous sports of all times.
I grew up snowboarding in Lake Tahoe. I started competing at a very young age and just always loved it. I knew that I wanted to be professional after watching the 2002 Olympics.
Seeing snowboarding in that light at a young age was incredibly inspiring, that was when I really started to push to become pro.
My family left Kauai when I was only 6 so I was too young to really know! I do remember a little of living there though, and now sometimes I wonder how I didn’t end up a surfer?! I hate the cold!
I would say that the one of the most important points for me was qualifying for the 2006 Olympics. I was only 16 and definitely the underdog going into the season. After that season the industry started to see me as more than just an up and comer.
My personal highlight was winning the 2012 US Open.
The US Open is one of the most coveted snowboard events because it was one of the first of its kind. I grew up watching the event and had always dreamed of doing well there. It was a dream come true.
“I am envious of pro surfers. Same lifestyle only in tropical places with warm water and tans!”
“I am so thankful for my family. My mom and dad have always been my biggest supporters and have done everything they could to help make my dreams come true. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
I placed 3rd at Xgames when I was 17. It was a huge accomplishment for me, and was extremely exciting. Xgames is one of the pinnacle events in snowboarding and to be on the podium there is absolutely amazing.
“Alaska is the most amazing place I have ever been. The mountains there are just magical and never ending, which makes the snowboarding unlike anywhere else.”
I am very proud to be a two time Olympian. The Olympics will always be one of the most amazing events I have ever been apart of.
“I love traveling. It can be a lot to be on the road all the time, but I love the constant change of scenery and atmospheres that I get to experience. It keeps me inspired and excited to continue to push myself.”
“I don’t ever see myself being someone who works a desk job. I just love the outdoors too much!”
“Most of my friends are snowboarders or other athletes. I have truly grown up in the industry over the past 12 years so I have met most of my friends on the road. But I do have a select few very special friends from back home when I was a kid.”
I would love to go to the Olympics again in 2018!
Favorite city? Tokyo Dish? Coffee Mug Band & song? Mumford and Sons Movie? Almost Famous Tv series? Game of Thrones Dogs or cats? Dogs Beach or mountain? BOTH! City or countryside? Countryside
My advice is ride with passion. Love what you do and spread that positive energy. When you ride that way it is contagious!
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