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NAME: Paris McMahon

AGE: 14

HOMETOWN: Canberra

WHAT IS THE EVENT YOU ARE BEST KNOWN FOR? Cross Country Skiing and Nordic Ski Jumping

WHAT OTHER EVENT/S DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN? Moguls Alpine and Skier Cross

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN RESORT AND WHY? Perisher, because it has the best runs and great snow!! I can ski Alpine for a few hours and then pop over to the Nordic trails to take in the beautiful scenery!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL RESORT AND WHY? Steamboat Springs Colorado, because it always has champagne powder and the seasons are amazing! The conditions are perfect and they have the longest and best runs! I am lucky enough to be part of the Cowboy Downhill every year, which is crazy fun! It also has a great Nordic Jumping Program so we can ski during the day and jump at night. It is known as Ski Town USA as it has produced more Winter Olympians than anywhere else.

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DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SPONSORS? IF SO, TELL US ABOUT THEM! Not at the moment but hope to have some more soon! Snowsports ACT has been a huge supporter. I love my Madshus boots and my Fisher XC race skis and I don’t go anywhere without my POC helmet for Ski Jumping or Alpine skiing.

WHAT IS YOUR FUNNIEST STACK STORY? I was skiing on a cold (-15C) powder day in Steamboat with one of the Resort directors. I went off a big jump, landed really well- or so I thought- and kept going until I noticed I had no skis on. I lost my balance and fell, and looked back and 1 boot and my skis were nowhere to be seen. It took over two hours to find my gear!!

WHEN DID YOU START SKIING? When I was 4 in perisher ski school. I thought it was so cool I was good enough to go up the Poma on the first day, and I am pretty sure I was so little it shot me off like a rocket…

WHEN (AND WHAT!) WAS YOUR FIRST COMPETITION? I was six and in Year 1 was when I started my first year of interschool’s. I started off doing Alpine and missed a gate as I didn’t know which way to go around them! I was hooked and then did a new thing each year until I ended up competing in all the events (except for Snowboarding!)

GIVE US YOUR OVERALL TOP 5 RESULTS!

2nd - HS 45 U14 Jumping and 2nd in Nordic Combined USSA Junior National Qualifier #1 Park City, Utah, 2016.

1st - Open Jumping HS30 and 1st Nordic Combined– USSA Junior National Qualifier #2 Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2016

2nd – 2014 2nd 2015 interschool’s Moguls ACT/Southern

2nd 2015 interschool’s Moguls ACT/Southern

1st Alpine, ACT Schools Cup 2014

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SUMMER ACTIVITIES? I never have a summer because I’m always chasing the snow, so I am usually in Steamboat! In the warmer months, I like to play soccer, roller-ski, mountain bike and do anything that is not keeping still.

WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE ATHLETE AND WHY? Sarah Hendrickson, because she is a good role model and very inspiring and has paved the way for Ski Jumping as a sport Women can participate in at the Olympic level.

WHAT IS YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE RUN? WHERE IS IT AND TELL US WHY IT IS YOUR FAVOURITE! Chute 1 in Steamboat Springs Colorado. I did it when I was 6 and is the hardest run at the resort. It is narrow, you have to commit and it could not be more vertical with a lot of rocks and trees in the way.

FINISH THESE SENTENCES…..

“I WOULD NEVER GO TO THE SNOW WITHOUT………….” My heated gloves and socks! Also, my GoPro!

“WHEN I RIDE I LISTEN TO…………….” A variety of music with a strong beat, but don’t have it too loud so I can hear the snowboarder coming !!

WHO IS SOMEONE THAT YOU THINK WE SHOULD ALL KEEP OUR EYES ON THIS SEASON? WHY? Sarah Hendrickson, in America. She is a Nordic ski jumper with a lot of passion for her sport.

ANY LAST MINUTE WORDS OF WISDOM? Don’t eat yellow snow !!

Check out Paris' instagram to keep updated with all her many days training and competing! @athleteparismcmahon