One on one

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

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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?

My mom.

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?

Desperate Housewives.

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?

Whale Rider.

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.


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