About GOLD President, Colette Harris

Welcome to GOLD! I'm thrilled you've found this site. GOLD Athlete Mag was built out of a passion for creating a community where female athletes can connect and learn about how to take care of their minds and bodies. As a former competitive figure skater, I know that sports are filled with ups and downs. GOLD is here to help you through the tough times and celebrate your accomplishments

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About Colette

Colette (House) Harris is a former competitive figure skater, life coach, and journalist. She competed internationally as an ice dancer representing Lithuania. She is the author of Maddie Takes the Ice, a middle-grade novel about overcoming competition anxiety. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from DePaul University and a Masters of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is a certified life and health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and IPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

Spotlight on Freeskier: Hanna Blackwell

Spotlight on Freeskier: Hanna Blackwell

Spotlight on: Hanna Blackwell, an up-and-coming freeskier from the Wood River Valley

 Photo Credit: vast action production/courtesy of Hanna Blackwell

Photo Credit: vast action production/courtesy of Hanna Blackwell

By Colette House

 Hanna Blackwell, 16, might be the only girl representing the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation on her freestyle ski team, but she’s got her sights set on some pretty fantastic heights. She hopes to represent the U.S. at the 2018 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, in the Women’s Halfpipe event. Blackwell started skiing because, well, when you live in a mountain town in Hailey, Idaho, that seems to be everyone’s sport of choice.

Ranking: 7th nationally for halfpipe and slope style

In-season training day: up before 7, at school until 12:15, hits the slopes from 2 to 4 p.m., then either trains new tricks at the Air Barn (a training center with trampolines and foam pits) or plays with her high school basketball team, does homework, and is asleep by 10 p.m.

Training day bites: apples, bananas, smoothies, yogurt, wrap sandwiches, chicken, salmon, potatoes, and steamed broccoli

Favorite food: pasta

Role models: her two older brothers, Chance and Colton, who first made her interested in freeskiing.

Here is a short clip of me doing a training run at Dollar Mountain Resort, Sun Valley ID (video courtesy of Blackwell's YouTube channel)

Favorite musician: Empire of the Sun

Favorite subject: math

“I’m one of those people who believes, what does fate have in store for you? Fate’s either going to do something good for you or bad for you. Fate knows your path and you’ve gotta let fate just lead it for you.”

Tips for balancing training and school: “It’s kind of hard to keep up with schoolwork. When I get home from a competition I don’t want to do any homework. I tell myself, You’re gonna want to hang out with your friends that you haven’t seen this week so you gotta get your homework done and get back on track.

Likes to unwind by: Watching an episode (or two) of Grey’s Anatomy before falling asleep.

Favorite travel spot: Mammoth, CA because "that’s where I learned a whole bunch of new tricks (ski tricks)."

*Photo at top from vast action production.

Jason Brown Adds Triple Axel to his arsenal- Brown opens up about goals and changes ahead

Jason Brown Adds Triple Axel to his arsenal- Brown opens up about goals and changes ahead

What's Cooking with Olympic Champion Brian Boitano

What's Cooking with Olympic Champion Brian Boitano