Ashley Caldwell reveals her secrets behind her success

28 January 2011 08:59

2010 FIS Rookie of the Year, Ashley Caldwell may be young but she has become a force to be reckoned with. After winning her first World Cup at the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup, just four years after she decided to become an aerialist, she has proven that she has  drive and determination far beyond her years.

What tricks will you be competing this season?
Full-full and full-double full, both tricks have two flips. The first has two spins and the second has three spins. These are the same tricks I did last year and competed with at the Olympics.

How many days a week do you train?
Normally five, but it varies from week to week. When we are on the World Cup tour we plan all of our training around the competition at the end of the week. My coaches and I decide on how many days I can jump in a week to perform my best without being tired.

How do you fit school into your schedule?
I do online school, so I fit it in whenever I have some free time. I really like school so finding spare time during the week is pretty easy. Sometimes I don't have time but I always make sure my assignments get done.

Do you speak any foreign languages?

I've been learning Russian for the past three years. The Russian National Team trains with my teammates and I during the summer in Lake Placid, NY. Almost half of the World Cup tour speaks Russian as well. Hopefully by Sochi I will be fluent.

What is your favorite activity outside of skiing?
Tough question. I like going to the beach, playing ping pong and eating cookie dough. As long as I have a good group of my friends with me then it doesn't matter what activity we are doing, it's definitely going to be fun!

What do you do to get ready for competition?

Sleep a lot, eat a lot and listen to some happy music. I don't really have any rituals. I like it when my teammate and usual roommate Emily Cook wakes me up nicely. I also try to train like I compete and compete like I train. Consistency is key. I think my teammates Ryan St. Onge and Emily Cook taught me that.

Do you listen to any music before you jump?

Oh wow, I just answered this question before it was asked. I listen to music before heading over to the hill. Usually I listen to my favorite songs that I know will put a smile on my face, no matter how crazy the weather looks or how sore I am. Jason Mraz, Passion Pit, Taylor Swift - only the good stuff.
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