One on One

DARREN FRIESEN

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A silver medal, that makes for a good day, eh?

Yeah, good day. You look for validation of training. Every athlete got something out of today.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Committed, passionate, opi-nionated, honest and focused.

It's Saturday night, and you're not working with the ski team, what's going on?

A relaxing Saturday night would be for me to be able to spend an evening with my wife and my kids in our place in Canmore. Probably a nice meal, something from Valbella Meats and a nice bottle of wine. We've got a nice corner couch that we can fit all three boys on and, after a good meal, sit and watch a good movie.

What were you like at school?

I know in my latter years I was quite unfocused and not terribly motivated but I had a change. In the final two years of high school, it clicked in that it was actually fairly easy to do reasonably well if one applied oneself. If you had the marks the teachers would look the other way.

What's you most treasure material possession?

I don't think I have one.

What's your poison?

A Big Rock Traditional is just great for me. I really like my beer. That's my staple. I also like Carlsberg because they're our sponsor but they do make good beer. There's a Mount Begbie Cream, it's a really heavy, dark beer. It's just great. That's beer but, for wine, anything from the Okanagan.

Who was the last person you punched and why?

Probably Steve Podborski on the shoulder and that's because he won a race and I was third behind him.

What would you say is your most unpleasant charact-eristic?

I'm focused, I'm passionate, I'm dedicated ... (laugh) and whatever else I said for the words to describe myself.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever bought?

A wind surfer. I hardly ever used it because I never got the hang of it.

What was the first car you ever owned?

I was a member of the ski team so we had to rely on mom and dad's car for a long, long time. I think it was a GMC Blazer.

Could you do any repairs on your car?

No. I know where the gas goes and where the key goes and where it goes into four wheel (drive).

What about in the kitchen, do you know your way around there? What's your culinary speciality?

If I follow my wife's advice; it's spaghetti and meatballs.

Who's the most famous person in your cellphone?

Probably Steve Podborski.

What TV Series do you want on DVD?

Stargate, final season.

Favourite unhealthy food?

Cheesies. I can't even think of the name of them.

Where do you want to holiday?

Taos, New Mexico. One of board members has a place down there and he raves about it all the time and I love exploring new ski resorts. It's in New Mexico and it's kind of off the beaten path.

What trait do you admire most in people?

Honesty.

Any pets?

No -- three boys. Just kidding.

What was the best year of your life?

I couldn't say just one. Life's been one long adventure.

What's your greatest fear?

Probably like any parent, you want your kids to make the right choices and you want things to work out for them and you don't want negative things to happen to them. You know things will because that's the only way they're going to learn but you hope that they learn kindly.

What's the ugliest thing in your wardrobe?

It's a Tommy Hilfiger tie that has two old skis on it.

If you could be convinced to Karaoke, what would you sing?

Trying some Sarah Evans and Five for Fighting would probably be pretty ugly.

If you're on an all-star ski team and you could have five racers from any genera-tion, who would you have?

Steve Podborski would be one right away because we knew how to talk to each other without talking. Erik Guay, Hermann Maier, Jean-Claude Killy and Hermann Zubrigen.


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