My name is Anastasia Seator-Braun, I am a 19-year-old mountain-loving girl, living life in Incline Village NV. 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. This season I will be going into my 4th year of FIS, hoping to get in as much racing as possible after the difficulties with covid last year.
This fall I started school at Sierra Nevada University, beginning my major in Sports Psychology. Going into this season, my studies have to be my number 1 priority but I am very excited to be training with the school’s ski team at Diamond Peak. I am really looking forward to being in a new environment and training with some incredible athletes.
As much as I love this sport, as all athletes would agree, there are definitely days where getting out of bed is a little difficult. On these days I think about being on the mountain, with a cool breeze, a beautiful view, and how good its going to feel afterwards. This is the feeling that drives me to work hard and push myself, because I never want the love of this crazy sport to go away.
The past 2 seasons have been pretty hard on me with many challenges. My goals for this year are to "get back on my feet" in a sense, and to focus on myself to be the best athlete, student, and overall person I can be.
I LOVE food! I especially love the art of cooking it. One of my goals outside of ski racing is to write a nutritional 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. I also have recently found my love for summer and summer activities, climbing and mountain biking are two of my newest interests. I love how they both get me outside and how there is always so much potential for exploring.