IT'S A NORMAL SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT COMPETING, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would normally go out with my husband and friends. We're pretty social, so we're out at a friend's house for dinner or we're having people over.
WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL?
Probably a little bit nerdy. Not totally cool.
WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU'VE EVER BOUGHT?
A set of dishes in Norway. They were really expensive and they weighed about 50 lb. They were really hard to get home. It was a stupid thing to buy in Europe.
WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED?
Don't take life too seriously. It's only a temporary situation.
WHO SAID THAT?
WHAT REPAIRS COULD YOU DO ON YOUR CAR?
None. I got a brand new car this December. It's a sponsored car from Subaru Calgary. It's a one-year loan. A really good deal.
WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?
Shish kebob. My mom is laughing because it's pretty easy. It's just a lot of assembly involved.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?
Probably chocolate, M&Ms.
YOU DON'T HAVE THAT VERY OFTEN?
Depends how you define often.
WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?
YOU ARE A HOUSEWIFE SOMETIMES?
No, I am not. I'm not very domestic at all.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO HOLIDAY?
Probably in the Mexican Baja. I've been there a number of times and we love it there.
WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE BEEN TO?
I went to a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert a couple of years ago in Portland, that was really great.
IF YOU WEREN'T A CROSS-COUNTRY SKIER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
I've always wanted to be a private investigator. I like mystery and finding things out.
WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN OTHER PEOPLE?
A sense of humour.
OBVIOUSLY YOU LIKE TO LAUGH?
It's my favourite thing to do.
WHAT'S THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?
It was the year following the Olympics. I was able to go to Africa with Unicef. I also got married the same year. That was also the year they announced they would give me the gold.
IF YOU HAVE FEW HOURS TO KILL, WOULD IT BE A BOOK OR VIDEO GAME?
Book for sure. My favourite all-time book is A Fine Balance.
WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?
Playing Freestyle on my computer when I should be doing work.
WHAT'S THE FUNNIEST THING YOU'VE SEEN DURING A RACE?
In Holmenkollen at Oslo, Norway. These Norwegians camp out overnight by the track. They get really drunk and then watch the race the next morning. You can see some pretty far-out things when you're racing there: A lot of nudity, people crawling beside the tracks, throwing hot dogs. You name it, it could happen at Holmenkollen.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Just about everything. I can find the humour in most situations.
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE THAT MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?
WHAT'S THE STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL YOU'VE RECEIVED?
I got an e-mail one time of someone sticking pins in a voodoo doll of one of my competitors (Stefanie Belmondo of Italy). That was very strange.
DID YOU BELIEVE IN THE VOODOO?
I didn't and I quickly deleted the e-mail.
BUT DID IT WORK?
No, she won anyway.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS?
I'm a very superstitious person. I always give my watch to my technician Yves before the start of the race. I've been doing that for six or seven years now. I never miss a race giving him my watch.
HOW DID THAT START?
It started with a conversation about electro-magnetic energy and how it can affect you by taking away energy. I just got this idea that I should not take any chances and have that watch on my wrist. It became, 'If I don't do this, I won't race well.'
WHAT'S THE UGLIEST THING IN YOUR WARDROBE?
It's a pair of tight, striped pants -- bell-bottoms. I bought them on a whim.