Five fun questions to get to know Laurenne Ross
Do you have pets?
My family has a labradoodle named Nadi. She is my No. 1 fan, and I am hers. She is such a lover--she will do anything for pets and cuddles.
What is your earliest or favorite memory of watching the Olympics?
I remember watching Kerri Strug compete in gymnastics in the 1996 Olympics. She had an injured ankle and still vaulted beautifully to win the gold for Team USA. It was about more than just her personal performance—it was the determination, the unwavering focus while her team depended on her for the gold.
Are there any misconceptions about your sport that you would like to clear up?
We are not brought to the top of the race hill in a helicopter (this has only happened for me once).
What's a big obstacle that you've overcome in your life?
I crashed when I was 9 years old and ended up with a big facial laceration—my cheek was basically torn off of my face and I had a serious concussion. I had over 100 stitches in my cheek, and am still reminded of it every time I look in the mirror. To see these scars as a positive part of who I am has taken my whole life, and I'm still working on it.
What is your favorite perk of being an elite Olympic athlete?
The look in little kid's eyes when they find out you've been to the Olympics.