- Women's Slopestyle
Keri Herman: Bloomington native
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Another Olympic athlete with ties to Minnesota is Keri Herman, a Bloomington native representing Team USA in slopestyle skiing, one of the most popular events at the Winter X Games which will be making its debut at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"She's a doer, she didn't hang around watching TV, she's a doer," Keri Herman's mother, Diana Herman, told KTTC.
And all that doing has taken Keri Herman from the X-Games to the World Cup, and straight to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
"The fact that she's in it, I mean, I've got chills all over me," Herman said.
From a young age, Keri was a daredevil. Her mom recalls finding pictures of a young Keri jumping off various pieces of furniture in their living room.
"That's how long ago it was, because we developed a roll of film. We were going through the pictures and we went, 'What is this?' And they're taking pictures of each other jumping off of here and onto the couch down below," Herman said.
While active in sports and activities very young, Keri didn't get into skiing until she was in college. She taught herself a sport that features skiing on rails getting the most air, and other intense tricks. At that time slopestyle had no competitions, but it has now evolved into a worldwide take your breath away spectacle for those watching and a thrill for those doing.
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"She is probably one of the happiest people I know, she lives everyday excited," said Herman.
Fastforwarding through years of competition, Keri is fresh off competing at last weeks Winter X-games, a competition that made her mom extremely nervous.
"I'm getting the chills having you even say that right now. I was more worried than ever this year," Herman said. "She's been in X-Games from the very beginning, since they let girls in and I was almost sick to my stomach. I was so worried she would get an injury that would put her out."
Keri's mom knows about injuries all too well, growing up with the mother of another famous Minnesota skier, Lindsay Vonn, who has to miss this years Olympics due to injury.
"Our mothers were our Girl Scout leaders, we were in Girl Scouts until we were juniors in high school. She used to send me messages when Keri first started that said, 'I can't believe she does that,'" Herman said.
Keri's mom hasn't thought about being nervous at the Winter Games just yet, but there have been plenty of opportunities for that as Keri was competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, with the best in the best skiiers in the world coming from America.
"She's going to make America proud," Herman said.
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