"It's such a roller coaster and I'm having a blast!"
With the Winter Olympics starting in Sochi, Russia on 7 February, we chat travel, life, and stuff, with Team GB medal hopeful and rising star of women's snowboarding, Aimee Fuller.
Aimee is one of the most exciting talents in women’s snowboarding. she has already achieved a string of big results in slopestyle contests across the world and earlier this year became one of the first women to land a double backflip. Now she is one of Team GB’s brightest hopes for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. But what does she listen to on a plane? Find out in the first of our new series of celebrity interviews, 'Welcome to my world'. Take it away Aimee...
Where is the best place you have ever gone snowboarding... and why?
I love Austria in the pre-season. You come off the mountain and can hop straight in the glacial pools. In the spring, it has to be Mammoth, USA, you get a combo of everything: snow, sun, and when you finish up on the mountain there is tons to explore from hikes to hot springs and mountain biking.
When you're not competing, where do you most often go snowboarding, just for fun?
It has to be Mammoth again - the whole set-up is just insane. And the weather: it's either fresh snow or sunshine, so it has to be my favourite.
Do you have a 'secret' off-the-beaten track boarding location? If so, where is it?
Not really, although I have been on some backcountry adventures. I went to Silverton, Colorado last year, and that's pretty off-the-beaten-track. You have to hike up off the pass and it's a great place to explore the natural terrain.
Where is the most unusual place you've been snowboarding?
I went to Lebanon three years ago, that was a pretty unique experience, just so different, but with some great slopes and the weather was pretty nice too.
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Where’s your favourite terrain park?
Vans Penken Park, Mayrhofen.
Where’s the best powder you’ve ever ridden?
What is your dream snowboarding location that you haven't yet been to?
I would love to go on a trip incorporating motorbiking and snowboarding, I think Norway could be a good zone for that, driving up through the Fjords...
Do you ever go on holiday where there's no snow?
I love escaping the cold British weather. Last summer I went to Bali surfing, and I would love to go back there and explore some more this summer. It's a magical place.
Where was your best childhood holiday to.. and why?
Probably Grand Canaria or Mallorca, I have such good memories from those trips with my family. Warm, gentle waves at the beach, a great place for families!
Where is your favourite place in the British Isles?
It has to be one of the coastal towns purely for the surf, I live in Belfast so I am going to give it to Portrush, purely for the surfing! but Brighton is rad!
What gadget do you not leave home without?
My phone for sure. It has everything on it that I need, and captures memories when you don't have a camera!
What one book would you read on the plane?
I read Bradley Wiggins' autobiography recently - that was pretty inspirational.
Who would you listen to?
Happy - Pharrell Williams
What is your most indulgent luxury you take with you when you're travelling?
Hmm, I try to pack light, but I love having a candle in my room!
How do you keep yourself occupied on a long plane journey?
SLEEP. We travel so much, so it's a great time to switch off from the world and just relax. I love that feeling when the plane door closes and you switch off from the world.
What was your worst travel experience?
Delayed flights. I have spent hours upon hours sat in the airport, that's just boring!
Who would be your idea travel companion?
My boyfriend Ross. Or my snowboard buddy Jenny Jones. We always have a good time and keep things light-hearted when we get delayed.
Do you feel any pressure when people tout you as being 'Britain's first Olympic snowboard medal winner'?
No. I am just heading there to soak up the experience, it's my first Games so it's going to be a unique journey.
Do you daydream about that moment when you receive your medal?
No, it's not all about that for me, I am just living in the moment and taking every day as it comes. It's such a roller coaster and I am having a blast!
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to get started in snowboarding?
Get out there with your buddies and just enjoy it, don't take it to seriously and just take things step by step. It's not worth rushing your progression, that's when injuries happen, just have fun!
What makes you happy?
Being out in the mountains with a good gang, riding for myself, and being with my family and friends.
We wish Aimee all the best for the Winter Olympics (7--23 February). Get the latest on her exploits in Sochi on Twitter.
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