My name is Anastasia Seator-Braun, I am a 17-year-old mountain-loving girl, living life in Mammoth Lakes CA. Although now living in the States, I am originally from a small village on the North Island of New Zealand.
I started skiing when I was 15 months old and haven’t stopped since. As I start to get older, I keep getting questions on how I can still want to ski race while trying to manage other priorities such as school and work, and the answer to this always stays the same… because I love ski racing, and I believe if you love something so much, no matter what obstacles you face, it isn’t worth stopping. Starting this season will be my first gap year, I will be skiing pretty much every day and when I’m not skiing I will be working as a Barista at Starbucks.
Looking ahead to next year, I am hoping to attend Sierra Nevada College where I will keep skiing, and study psychology. As much as I am SUPER excited to go to college, I am definitely looking forward to a year away from school.
As much as I love this sport, as all atheletes would agree, there are definitely days where getting out of bed is a little difficult. On these days I think about beeing on the mountain, with a cool breeze, a beautiful view, and my breath catching in my chest as I push out of the start gate and zoom down the hill. This is the feeling that drives me to work hard and push myself, because I never want the love of this sport to go away.
My long term goals for ski racing are to one day be a World Cup/Olympic ski racer for New Zealand. As for this season, my goals are to lower all FIS points as much as possible, have a strong mindset going into every race, and overall have as much fun as possible.
I LOVE food! I especially love the art of cooking it. One of my goals outside of ski racing is to write a cookbook one day. Other than this, I am very interested in psychology and I would love to be a sports psychologist for a sports team, once I have finished ski racing.