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5 questions to … Arianna Tricomi

1. You are from Corvara, Italy but you study in Innsbruck and you travel throughout Europe in search of perfect snow. How has your life changed as you’ve progressed from a passionate amateur skier to a professional athlete?

I am proud to say that my life has improved a lot in recent years yet my ski level has not evolved that much. Every time I put my skis on, I smile as if it were my very first time skiing. I'm actually pretty surprised at how much I still enjoy skiing despite the conditions we find sometimes! The best part about skiing is that it’s like falling in love again for the very first time each time I go!

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2. You are also an excellent surfer. If you had to choose between the mountains and ocean, which one would you choose?  

Can I say both? I feel like combining the two sports is the perfect way to achieve balance in life. I love surfing because of the purity and simplicity of being so close to nature with so much less equipment than winter sports. That being said, I would never turn down a chance to go shred winter powder!

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3. The Freeride World Tour is like a big family. What is the most memorable moment you can recall from last season?

There have been several intense experiences that I will never forget. Beautiful experiences like when I won my first competition as well as very bad times like when I first heard about Estelle and Matilda’s accidents. Like you said, we are one big family, so I was very emotional during that period.

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4. What kind of relationship did you have with skiing when you were a kid? When and where did you start?

My dear mom was a World Cup and Olympic ski champion so skiing has always been part of my family. I started skiing when I was three years old and there is nothing else on this planet that I love like skiing. I love every aspect of the sport: from park to powder, to telemark and carving the ice on the piste!

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5. What expectations do you have for the 2017 season?

I expect to have fun and improve myself as a skier, meet new and interesting people, and see magical places around the world! I also feel particularly strong on skis this year so I hope I end up placing slightly better than last year! Fingers crossed!

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