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Top 25 Skiers: Wendy Fisher

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SKIING’s interview with Wendy Fisher, one of North America’s top 25 skiers.

Name: Wendy Fisher(-Lindenmyer) Wendy married freeskier Woody Lindenmyer last July

Age: 29

Current home/ski mountain: Crested Butte, CO

Age when you started skiing: Two

Hometown/where you learned to ski: Squaw. We moved to Incline Village (Nevada) when I was five, but I’m originally from California.

When did it hit you that you could be a pro/competitive skier? It happened by accident. I was on the U.S. Ski Team for seven years, but I was burnt out and hated skiing when I left the team. I started to daydream about how much fun I used to have skiing at Squaw. Then I went to college on a ski scholarship but hated racing so I started freeskiing. Soon after, I quit school, packed my car, and planned on traveling to find my love for skiing again. I stopped in Crested Butte because I’d met Kim Reichelm, who lives there. I competed in the ’96 U.S. Extremes, had a blast, and won. Even after that, I still didn’t think I’d make a career out of freeskiing but I entered more championships. I won all those, and then I got some sponsors. So here I am. It was a nice surprise.

Claim to fame/results: I went to the Olympics and won ’91 U.S. Nationals. My first year, I won three competitions in a row. I won the ’96 World Extreme Skiing Championship in Valdez, Alaska. And then I won the worlds again next year — I was the first back-to-back WESC champ.

Signature trick or event: Creative line-finding. Especially for girls. I want to help bring women’s skiing closer to the level that men’s skiing is at, and in terms of women, creativity in finding lines is a great way to do it. Trying to find more where the guys go, lots of girls do that now.

What’s your favorite food? I like a lot of food — almost everything. I love fruit and crab. It’s called a fruit bat.

What’s your beverage of choice? Water. I try not to buy soda. I also love fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, and wine is always good.

What are your favorite bands? Gutter Mouth, Sublime, and Limp Bizkit.

Are you religious? Not at all. Sometimes I talk to another being — kinda my brother who died in a skiing accident.

What kind of car do you drive? A silver Dodge Durango.

Last book you read: Angela’s Ashes

Do you have a ski hero? Who? Why? No, I admire lots of traits of different people. To be honest, I was more into bicyclist Greg LeMond than any skier. I do, though, have a lot of respect for Seth Morrison — he’s an amazing kid. I also have respect for Shane McConkey — he has a lot of fun and he’s very creative. J.P. Auclair and Philou Poirier — it’s fun to be with them. They’re all different and bring something really cool to skiing.

Movies you’ve been in: I’ve been with Matchstick Productions for the last four years and working with them has been a major highlight of my career. With them, I’ve done Pura Vida, Sick Sense, Global Storming,and Ski Movie. And I was also in Empressand No Man’s Land.

Pastimes off the hill: Working out — I’m obsessed with doing something every day. Still, I’m pretty much a homemaker. I clean, cook, decorate, do the laundry, and spend a lot of time on e-mail. I hate sitting around. I try new recipes all the time. I like to cook a lot.

What are your thoughts on the state of the ski industry? I like what’s happening with it — it’s really exciting. Young kids are really excited about it, too. It’s really fun how excited everyone is. I’m still bummed about how expensive it is — I’m not sure why it’s like that. Skiing is now something that a middle-class family can’t really do. Ski bums are even disappearing. I’m totally happy with the direction that skiing is going in, but I wish everyone could take part in it.

Any words of wisdom for our readers? For you young skiiers, keep it fun. Skiing with people helps to keep it fun, plus you learn more. Take a course on advanced terrain and find out what you need to do to get out there. Also remember that all the people you’re idolizing wear protective gear 100 percent of the time.

What’s the biggest scare you’ve ever had on skis? Well, two of them involved an avalanche. I’m scared almost all the time, though. I’ve had lots of scary moments, I’ve seen a lot of the dangers, and I don’t enjoy skiing as much as I used to because of them.

Plans for the future: I’m heading to Canada next year with my husband — who’s my main ski-partner — to do a British Columbia hut story. The future is all I’ve been thinking about for the last year. I’d love this to go on forever, but I feel it won’t. Maybe I’ll do some motivational speaking? Maybe I’ll work for Salomon? Maybe I’ll finish school? We’ll see…