Living Magazine Spring 2019 doTERRA Living Magazine - Page 21

How did you first get involved with bobsledding competitively? A friend of mine told me about open tryouts for the USA bobsled team. Many of the athletes had retired after the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the coaches were looking for new brakemen and brakewomen for the upcoming season. I only tried out because the Olympic training center was near my home in Denver, so it didn’t seem like a huge commitment. I had never been to an Olympic training center and figured it would be a cool experience to see how Olympians train and live. Not long after tryouts, I received an invitation to attend a training camp, and a few months later I found myself at the top of a mountain about to take my first ride. Do you have a routine to get ready for a competition? What is it? Our season is very compact; each week we travel to a new location and compete. Here’s a week at-a-glance: On Monday we travel. Tuesday through Thursday we do ice training, all building up to race day on Saturday. Because my location changes weekly, it is important to make each hotel feel like home. I like to get organized and unpack so that I feel settled. The biggest component of race preparation, outside of food and actual training, is sleep. Bobsledding is a sport of adrenaline, so it can be hard to unwind at night, especially before a race; I like to diffuse a mixture of Lavender, Clary Sage, and Copaiba to promote relaxation and restful sleep in my Iris diffuser. It fits perfectly on my side table and does not take up much space in my suitcase. What are your favorite do - TERRA ® products and how do you normally use them? 2x Daily 3x Weekly Daily 2x Weekly GIBBS Tell us your experience surrounding the Olympics. What was it like to get there? And what emotions did you have once you finally made it to race day? The U.S. Women’s Bobsled Team has medaled in every Olympics since the sport was introduced as an Olympic sport in 2002. With that knowledge, I knew I was going to have to work incredibly hard to carry on that legacy. I can honestly say, I have never worked harder for something in my life. After being placed on the team, I put all my energy into my preparation, and when race day came, I knew I was ready. Competing as an Olympic athlete was one of the most incredible feelings in the world. I felt like a real-life superhero, and it was an honor to represent my country. Daily All Winter “I just ordered the Spa Luxury Kit and I cannot wait to try it!” Where do you draw your inspiration? I am inspired by the legacy of those who came before me, and watching my teammates work so hard and achieve their dreams. It makes me want to match their efforts and follow their examples. What do you hope the audience takes away from your public speeches? I want to open their eyes to what is possible when you work hard and are honest with yourself about the effort you are putting in. Achieving my dream wasn’t easy, but it sure was worth it. Lastly, I want my audience to know that it is never too late to try something new. What do you want to be known for or what is your biggest accomplishment? I want to be the person that people look at and say, “If Lauren can do it, so can I.” I want to show people that you don’t have to be extraordinary to do great things. / 21