Q&A with Maggie Voisin
As a 15-year-old, Maggie Voisin was poised to make her Olympic debut in Sochi, but a fractured fibula just days before the competition ended those hopes. Four years later, the U.S. slopestyle skier hopes to make up for lost time.
Earlier this year, we sent Voisin a list of questions. Here's what she had to say.
What's your earliest memory of watching the Olympics?
I always remember growing up getting so excited when the Olympics were on, and it's funny because when I was little, I didn't understand why it was only every two years. It's crazy looking back because I never would have imagined myself being an Olympian one day.
How influential were your parents in your athletic career?
My parents have always been a big influence in my ski career. My dad is for sure a ski bum who taught me my love for the mountains. My mom has always been my number one supporter. My parents never pushed me but always were there to support me and my passion for skiing.
What was the breakthrough moment in your career?
It was the season before the 2014 Olympics. I was 14 years old and at the last event of the season. It was my first high-level event and I ended up winning it. I knew I was talented, but it was something I never saw coming so soon. I am very grateful for that day.
What's a typical training day like?
During the ski season, I get up around 7 a.m. every morning, make breakfast, warm up and head to the mountain around 9 a.m. I usually ski for about four hours a day and then head to the gym where I eat lunch, workout, get PT, or recover from a day of skiing. Depending on when my day is over, I will spend my time in the evening doing personal things. I end my days cooking dinner and getting ready for training the next day.
How do you work to achieve your daily goals?
When I wake up, I look at the day as a new opportunity. I don't worry about tomorrow or the days behind me. I work on what I can in that very moment and I make sure to put my heart and passion into everything I do.
What is your favorite workout or fitness trend?
My absolute favorite workout/fitness trend is pilates.
What’s the most grueling workout you’ve ever done?
I would have to say my most grueling workouts are my heavy strength days.
What are the five must-have items you always keep in your gym bag?
Headphones, water bottle, hair ties, headband and protein bars.
Because of my injuries, I have become a better and more dedicated athlete.
Have you ever been seriously injured?
My first injury actually happened at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. It was our third day of training and I took a crash that ended up fracturing my fibula right above my ankle. I also tore my left ACL, lateral and medial meniscus my first event back from the Sochi Olympics.
What's a big obstacle that you've overcome in your life?
I think some of the biggest obstacles that I have overcome in my life are my injuries I have had. There are lots of positives to take away from an injury. I learned a lot about myself as an athlete and as a person. Because of my injuries, I have become a better and more dedicated athlete.
Within freeskiing, who has been your greatest influence and why?
Within my sport, recently my greatest influence has been Devin Logan. Since I joined the pro team a few seasons ago, we have become really close friends. She just reminds me every day to always have fun and really enjoy every moment and opportunity I am given.
Who are your biggest rivals?
Women's freeskiing has gotten very competitive lately, which is so exciting to see, but the best part is at the end of the day, we are all close friends. That is one reason I love what I do. The freeski community is one big family!
What advice would you give to a young student or child just starting out in freeskiing?
Advice I would give to a young student or child who is starting out in my sport is to always dream big, love what you do and put that love and passion into your work and training every day.
What was the best part of living in the Athletes’ Village during the Olympics?
I was 15 when I went to the Olympics, and that being said, I got overly excited to discover that we had a game room in our Olympic Village.
Do you have a lucky charm that you can’t train or compete without?
I have a necklace that my mom gave me that I will not go a day without wearing.
When you have time off, what would constitute a perfect day for you?
When I have time off, I love to go back home to Whitefish, Montana. I love waking up early, drinking coffee and just enjoying my mornings. I usually take a group or private pilates class at my favorite studio in downtown Whitefish. I love just spending my evenings relaxing, walking outside, reading, spending time with my family and cooking.
Do you like traveling?
I love to travel and the best part is skiing has taken me to some of the most beautiful towns and cities in the world. My favorite and most recent place I have traveled to is Barcelona, Spain. The city is so beautiful, the people are friendly, the architecture is nothing like I have ever seen, and my favorite part is of course the food!
Coming from Montana I grew up outside and have always loved hiking, camping, rafting, and my two most recent favorite hobbies are pilates and trail running.
Have you been to South Korea before?
Our test event was a little over a year ago and I had the best experience and time in Korea! I stayed in the mountains and didn't do any sightseeing, which I hope I have the opportunity to do if I make the Olympic team. The people are so welcoming and friendly. The traditional food like Korean BBQ was amazing, and the Koreans love karaoke, which is always fun!
What will success look like for you in PyeongChang?
My last Olympic experience got cut short after I fractured my fibula and wasn't able to compete. I hope to go back to PyeongChang, compete, represent my country in the best way possible and enjoy the experience as a whole!