| USA TODAY
Competing within the Olympics is Hailey Langland’s dream come true.
“I never thought I would ever be at this point in my life, where I’m on my way to the Olympics and have people who look up to me,” says the 17-year-old skilled snowboarder.
Langland isn’t any stranger to good fortune at the board. In 2015, she received her first skilled contest, the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth. She garnered a bronze medal in slopestyle on the 2016 X Games and a gold medal within the large air pageant there a yr later — and nailed the double cork 1080, to boot. She is lately ranked 2d within the 2016/2017 World Snowboard Tour large air standings and is worked up to be in South Korea for the Winter Games. It’s no surprise the inside track media refers to Langland as “Team USA’s triple threat,” expecting her pageant at PyeongChang within the large air, halfpipe and slopestyle occasions.
The Southern California local started using at Big Bear when she was once handiest five years outdated, reinforced by way of her circle of relatives’s unwavering improve. Her father — additionally a snowboarder — inspired her to check out the game, and her grandparents later moved to Tahoe with her so she may just pursue her athletic profession.
Recipes from Hailey Langland: Guacamole burrito
Her many leisure pursuits come with browsing (she grew up in the preferred surf the city of San Clemente, California), yoga, portray, images, studying, mountain cycling, staring at Netflix and, maximum particularly, putting out on the seashore. She’s a self-taught musical triple danger, as smartly, who performs the ukulele, piano and guitar.
As with many athletes, a sports-related superstition is helping her deal with the strain of pageant: She advised NBC that she tries to put on the similar socks on contest days as the ones she wore to her highest practices. Her most powerful motivator, on the other hand, simply may well be the enjoyment she unearths in her dream process. “I’m just here to have fun,” she says.
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