There's no place like home, but for two-time Olympian in the snowboard halfpipe and Team Toyota Athlete, Elena Hight, the snowy mountains is her home. "Snowboarding is my freedom. When I get out on the snow I just stop thinking and I let my body do what it knows to do...snowboard," says Hight.
Snowboarding since age six, Hight fell in love with the sport and progressed very quickly. At age 13, Hight was the first woman to land a 900 in a competition, which secured her a spot on the 2006 Olympic team.
As a competitive athlete, staying in tiptop shape is the key to success. Hight shares how she maintains her athletic ability during the season and offseason.
During snowboarding season, what do you do to keep your body healthy?
EH: Making sure I stay healthy is extremely important. During snowboarding season I am on the mountains boarding all the time. That's usually my workout. And to me, when it's snowboarding season in the States I'm somewhere on the mountains. During the summer here, I'm overseas snowboarding somewhere else. So I'm usually boarding all year.
Of course I need to make sure I feed my body with the right nutrients to stay fueled on the mountains. I maintain a healthy diet and watch what I eat. Oh, and I drink lots of water. It's so easy to get dehydrated.