What does your involvement in your sport mean to you? What made you fall in love with it?
Since the age of twelve, I have been practically living at the climbing gym. In the summers, I spend forty hours at the climbing gym training for everything– anything. In reality, climbing is so much more than, well, climbing. The sport grips every part of your life. When I climb, my mind is so focused on the moves ahead, the sequence, the goal; all my problems stay on the ground. Climbing puts me in my place, a problem would seem astronomical, but compared to the mountains, it is nothing. Even when I suffered a really bad foot injury and learned that the pain in my foot that had been present for four years was a broken bone, climbing was still there. That was my most difficult training plan I had ever had: not being able to climb after surgery. But I became a better climber for it.
Out of all the product sponsorships out there, why is Primo the one for you?
When I tell my training partners or kids I train about how freaking amazing Primo is, they all think I am just saying it because I am so fortunate to be an athlete for this company and I have to say nice stuff, but in reality, it actually just is the best chalk on earth. No joke. I used to not put much thought into my chalk, I would get whatever I could get for cheap. But through research, I learned that calluses can create cracks in my skin (obviously) where bacteria can breed and cause gnarly infections. Sorry to gross you out but it was a necessary PSA. Now, I am a class A tomboy, but even I knew that their had to be a better and safer way to use chalk. Climbing is already dangerous enough, I really don’t want to be benched because of an infection. So that is when I discovered Primo. The chemical makeup of their chalk helps hydrate my skin after a long climb which, one: feels great, and two: puts me at ease. It also just has really amazing grip and texture. You will just have to try it to really find out how amazing it is.
What is a surprising fact about yourself that we wouldn’t expect to hear?
I am a person with many passions. Along with climbing, I am very passionate about politics and I play the saxophone. My school work and grades are another thing that I like to keep up. You can often find me working on homework between training sessions at the gym. All of my interest work together to make me the best person I can be.