Happy friday and happy April 1st! Any good pranks happen to you?
2 pranks that got me this morning:
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The 1st….the 1st…the 1st….My favourite day of the month…You know why? I get to do an interview with a beautiful, inspiring, groundbreaking woman. If you read Cosmo mag, she would be the equivalent to Cosmo’s Fun, Fearless Female. Except I call her “Tomboy That Wears Makeup Of The Month” and let me tell ya, April’s TTWM of the month is a STAR…
Her name is Kimiko Zakreski
She is an Athlete, she made 2010 Olympian for Snowboarding….Read on…..
Growing up Calgary, Alberta, Kimiko Zakreski was just old enough to get her first taste of the Olympic spirit at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games. Though she was only four years old when they took place, the lasting impression that they made on her is what sparked her dream of becoming an Olympian herself.
Kimiko started snowboarding over a decade ago on the slopes of Canada Olympic Park, which is located in the heart of Calgary, Alberta. With the Canadian Rockies less then 2 hours from her doorstep, Kimi’s love of the mountains and snowboarding grew quickly. Kimiko trained and competitively snowboarded for 13 years, evolving from Junior National Team to Development Team to World Cup Team and eventually to the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team. Competing and representing Canada on a world stage has always been a huge passion for her.
Kimiko earned her first World Cup medal, silver, in Limone Piemonte, Italy in 2008. She was the first Canadian woman to ever earn a silver medal in an Alpine Snowboard World Cup. She podiumed again in the 2009/2010 season in Telluride, Collorado World Cup earning a bronze medal and qualifying her for the 2010 Olympic team.
She was featured in MTV Canada’s Over the Bolts which followed Kimiko and her teammates’ journey to making the Olympic Team. Kimi is currently working on a new TV production set to begin filming this summer.
Newly engaged to her fiancé Scott Willgress, Kimi has decided to take the 2011 season off from training and competing to focus on her exciting future ahead in her new place of residence, Halifax. Still undecided as to whether or not she will compete in the 2014 Olympics in Russia, Kimi is enjoying the year off from the hectic schedule and demands of being an elite athlete.
As an avid supporter of amateur sport in Canada, Kimiko looks forward to working at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova this February in support of aspiring young athletes.
That’s a very impressive bio Kimi, thanks for doing this interview, I know your a busy gal. First off, what inspired you to get into snowboarding?
I learned how to snowboard when I was 12 years old at Canada Olympic Park (COP). I absolutely fell in love with the sport and decided I wanted to start racing. It probably wasn’t until I went to junior worlds and competed for team Canada when I decided that I really wanted to snowboard full time and potentially represent team Canada at the Olympics one day.
Awesome. What are some of your goals in the snowboarding world?
Well that is kind of on hold at the moment. I am taking the year off to decided if I want to continue competing or not. It might be time to settle down and start a family but that’s not to say I can’t make a come back. My ultimate goal would be to win a medal at the Olympics.
Well you have definitely had an incredible career so far, what has been your absolute most favourite experience in your career?
Winning my first world cup medal in Italy. It was snowing so hard that day and both of my teammates Jasey Jay Anderson and Matt Morison also made it on to the podium in the men’s race. It was such a great day for the whole team. Our coaches were so happy and everyone was grinning from ear to ear.
That champagne is well deserved, lol! That must have been a rush, besides snowboarding what are some other things you enjoy doing?
Yoga, road biking, weight lifting, anything to do with sweating.
Even snow angels? hee hee…Is it all that sweating that gives you such gorgeous skin?? What is your favourite Beauty Product?
Olay’s total effects face moisturizer. It is tinted and has SPF in it too!
And Loreal’s lineur intense liquid eye liner- this is a staple in my makeup bag.
Good stuff! Ok, what is your biggest fear?
Letting people down.
What is your favourite quote?
Fortune favors the brave.
I’m stealing that! That line is so true. What is your greatest achievement?
Making the 2010 Olympic Team! Sometimes I still can’t believe I did it.
What a feat! The 2010 Olympics were absolutely unreal and it is incredible you were one of the athletes! Such an accomplishment.
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
That would have to be my best friend on the snowboard tour Johanna Lyle from the Australian Snowboard team. I haven’t seen her since the end of last season because we both took the year off from competing. We have traveled the world together for the last 6 years and since we are from different countries it makes it hard to see one another. We skype all the time though.
Technology is amazing. From Halifax to Australia in real time! Who do you admire?
My teammates Maelle Ricker and Dominique Maltais. They are both amazing athletes who dominate the World Cup circuit. They are passionate about what they do and are extremely motivated and hard working.
What is something about yourself people may not know?
I use to horseback ride and do western horse shows with my horse Apache.
Cool! What is something that makes you smile?
My fiancé Scott. ☺
Aww, Your getting married!!! Congrats- from one bride to be to another……what do you do to RELAX?
Yoga! Even though I have been doing it for a while now, it still sometimes amazes me how it can effect my mood and energy in just an hour practice.
Well, I suck at snowboarding, but we have yoga in common:)
Kimi, you seriously rock. So cool you are a Canadian too. Thank you SOOO MUCH for taking the time to do this interview. It’s an honour to have you here. Have an incredible wedding girl as well.
Enjoy the rest of your day and remember, “Fortune favours the brave!”
I am going to sign the contract to our new place today… Opps, I didn’t tell you yet?? I’ll fill you in on all the deets tomorrow!