One on one with Thomas Grandi

MEGAN DUTHIE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YOU?

I'm doing great.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU AREN'T SKIING. WHATCHA GONNA DO?

Geez. Well, it depends. If I have a race in the next couple weeks, or in the next week, I'll probably take it easy. If not, and my wife (cross-country skier Sara Renner) is around, we love to go out dancing.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

Determined, easy-going, passionate, fun-loving, laid-back.

WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SCHOOL?

A procrastinator, I would say for sure. I'd get my homework done the morning of. School was mostly about friends, team sports and a little bit of studying.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

Our cabin.

WHAT'S YOUR POISON?

Oh geez, what's my poison? Sports! Yeah, just so into it that it takes precedent over other important things sometimes.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

It was in Grade 6, because he was picking on my friend.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

Stubbornness.

WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU'VE EVER BOUGHT?

Oh man, that's a tough question, I have no idea.

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

Don't worry about money. If you achieve what you want to, you'll make lots of it.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST CAR YOU'VE EVER OWNED?

A Ford Ranger pickup truck.

WHAT REPAIRS COULD YOU PERFORM ON YOUR CAR?

On my car? Check tire pressure.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

Well, being Italian, it would be pasta, definitely.

WHAT'S YOUR CELLPHONE RINGTONE?

Old school. Like 'brriiing, briiing.'

WHO'S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR CELLPHONE?

My wife.

ARE YOU EASILY EMBARRASSED?

Yup.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?

Entourage. It's on HBO. It's great show about a budding movie star.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

Twizzlers.

WHERE DO YOU WANNA HOLIDAY?

On a beach. Somewhere with waves.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

I don't go to a lot of concerts but Keb Mo in Salt Lake City. It was an outdoor concert, pretty small venue, pretty intimate. It was awesome.

IF YOU WEREN'T AN ALPINE SKIER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

I'd be another athlete, maybe a hockey player. Sports is just a really important part of my life, so something along with that.

DO YOU COLLECT YOUR OWN MEMORABILIA?

Not really. I'm not big into material souvenirs of events in my life. I think I'd cherish a video more than anything. Something like that is what I'd really like to look back on one day.

WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

I think to be satisfied and happy with their lives.

DO YOU LIKE TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS?

Mostly for kids.

DO YOU HAVE A PET?

Share a dog with my mom.

WHAT WOULD WE ALWAYS FIND IN YOUR FRIDGE?

Parmesan cheese.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE?

Not much. I'm not planning that far ahead!

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

Last year. I achieved a big goal of mine -- to win a World Cup ski race. My wife also had a great season.

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

Book.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

Life of Pi, that's one of the better books I've read.

WHAT'S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

To retire from sport with regret.

WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?

Procrastination.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

The Terry Fox Story.

STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL?

Well, once I got a letter from this girl saying 'ich liebe dich' on the bottom. It means I love you. I threw it in the trash and Sara found it one day and thought that I was having an affair with a German lady.

FUNNIEST THING YOU'VE SEEN DURING THE OLYMPICS?

My performance (laughs). No, I don't know.

ANY SUPERSTITIONS?

I used to have them but I let them go.

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE AND IF SO, WHAT'S YOUR SONG?

Oh yeah, I've done karaoke lots before. My song? I don't have a song, that's for sure, I'll attempt anything.


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