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#iamYEGFit Athlete - Alysia Rissling

Occupation: Bobsled Pilot with a side gig as a speaker/host/ambassador

1. It's Sunday morning, what are you most likely to be doing today?

Making pancakes, sipping a pumpkin spice latte, and watching football!

2. If you didn't do what you do for a living, what would you love to do?

I would LOVE to be a sports broadcaster. In my future life I plan to be reporting the highlights rather than just watching them.

3. What music is on repeat on your playlist when at the gym or training?

Whatever the latest EDM or Hip-hop music is. I always need high tempo music at training to get me fired up.

4. If you could attend one concert this year, who would it be?

I’m dying to see Kenny Chesney…why doesn’t he ever come to Canada?

5. What's your favourite thing about YEG?

The river valley <3 I love going on walks or bike rides especially with all the fall colours.

6. Where is your dream vacation destination?

I think my next big trip will be to South America. Argentina, Chile, and Columbia are on the list!

7. What is your most memorable experience from bobsledding?

This one is easy… competing at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. From walking in to the opening ceremonies to competing it was the best month of my life!

8. What is at the top of your bucket list?

To become a World Champion! World Championships for Bobsleigh are in Whistler this season 😉

9. What is your favourite TV show?

I’m patiently waiting for Season 8 of Game of Thrones!  I feel like never get here. I also still watch Grey’s Anatomy after 14 years.

10. What ritual/superstition do you have just before heading down the course?

I don’t have superstitions in my sport because there are too many variables out of my control (example: weather), but I do have a few rituals. Just like my days as a basketball player at U of A, I still have an energy drink before every competition and I still always put my left shoe on first. At the start line I tap my toes side to side while waiting for the track to clear, then take a big breathe out before snapping my visor down and walking to my push bar.

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