A lot of sports have different courses/apparatuses set for different genders but in mogul skiing the playing field is the same no matter what. I'm also very proud to say we receive the exact same amount of prize money! We also travel on the World Cup Tour and train together all year long. I think it's because of these reasons that we are such a close knit community and there is a mutual respect among all athletes.
In fact, over 50% of the current US Freestyle Moguls team has worked with someone at some point in their career. So much of this sport is mental because no matter how well you train or how hard you work, you still need to put it down when the pressure is on. I've personally worked with a sports psych since I was 14, and it's helped tremendously both in my career and in life. It especially helps with high nerve scenarios like this one in the start gate!
It's been such a privilege to be a part of, and I'm proud to say that progression started primarily with our team because of US skiers like Heather McPhie, Nessa Dziemian, Morgan Schild and more throwing corks and fulls in competition. In fact, my teammate and good friend Olivia Giaccio was the very first woman to compete a cork 10, a trick that a lot of men don't even compete! Jumps aside, all female mogul skiers are skiing better, faster, and more aggressively than we ever have before.