One on one

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YA? I'm really excited. It feels good to have done well this month in Fernie. Last year at this race, I had a big crash during the round of 16, so it felt really good to be able to come through and share it with my friends and family.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT COMPETING. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

Where am I?

LET'S SAY YOU'RE BACK HOME IN EDMONTON.

That usually depends on a few things, like if the friends have exams. It would either mean meeting up with all my girlfriends and having a just a girls' night. We go out, get into trouble and have fun. Then other times I go out with the whole gang of friends or else it will be a nice quiet Saturday. I'll go meet my sister at her house and go for sushi.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

I'd say focused, passionate, bubbly. This is hard. Can we just go with three? No? Um, up for a challenge and passionate.

WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT WERE YOU AT SCHOOL?

School was interesting for me because I was always gone during my high school year. I remember when I'd come back in the hallway, everybody would be like, 'Wow, we haven't seen you for a month.' Before that, I was kind of the person who could talk a lot and get away with it.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

I'd have to say my laptop just so I can keep in touch. I used to have the worst laptop -- I wanted to throw it out the window --but I just got a new Apple and I'm really happy.

WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

I like Malibu and pineapple.

WHO'S THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

I know I punched someone today. I just can't remember who it was or why.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

I would have to say my messiness. Whenever I get to a hotel, I just explode. There's just no containing it.

DO YOUR TEAMMATES GET MAD AT YOU?

Here's a little secret. I don't think too many of the Canadian girls are tidy, either. It's so frustrating living out of a bag, so when you arrive, you just kind of dump it everywhere.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

I've received so much -- probably letting go and having fun in the difficult situations.

WHAT KIND OF CAR ARE YOU DRIVING THESE DAYS?

I'm 21 and I don't have a car. I just drive my parents' cars when I'm in Edmonton and then ride my bike at school in Montreal.

WHAT'S YOUR DREAM CAR?

Definitely an Audi of some sort. I like the Audi TT.

WHAT IS YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY? WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO COOK?

I love to make salads. I'm actually pretty famous for my salads. My favourite one is spinach with strawberries and poppy seed dressing. Then I'm a barbecuer. Whenever I have my friends over, I like to fire up the barbecue.

ANYTHING SPECIFIC YOU LIKE TO PUT ON THE BARBIE?

C'mon, I'm from Alberta -- a big, juicy steak.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU OWN ON DVD?

Alias. I love it. I want to be a superhero like her. She's awesome.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

I love all junk food but probably chocolate chip cookies, homemade.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION?

I'm going to go to Costa Rica this year. I've already been there with my teammate Deidra Dionne -- actually, after the Olympics -- but we didn't travel around too much, so I'm looking forward to going back there. I also want to go to Brazil. I've never been to South America. It's my last continent.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

Ugh! I haven't been to a concert in years. You just can't time them with our schedule. I need someone to take me out to a concert.

IF YOU WEREN'T SKIING, ANY IDEA WHAT YOU MIGHT BE DOING?

If I wasn't competing in freestyle, I'd probably be competing in another sport. I really love sports. There's this extra energy reserve. I need to put it towards sports.

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

Passion. It doesn't matter what they're doing as long as they're passionate.

ANY PETS?

I'm very allergic but I would love a golden retriever.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

That's tough. I've had lots of great moments every year. Probably 2003 just because I went back to school and totally stepped back from skiing and then getting back into it at the end of that year.

YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS TO KILL. BOOK OR VIDEO GAME?

That depends if you have the original Tetris. Usually it's going to be a book because I don't own any video games. But if I can get my hands on Tetris, I'll play it.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

I'm pathetic these days. Pretty much every movie that's designed to make you cry makes me cry.

STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL?

There was a comment up on my web page saying this guy wanted to marry me. It was after I did the photo shoot for Ski Press. There were some interesting ones after that.

WHAT'S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

Let's just say that I have to conquer my fear on a weekly basis to do what I do.


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