Spencer O’Brien is one of the top slopestyle competitors in the world, which is an amazing feat considering that she suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis. On the podcast, we talk about her decorated snowboarding career, what the Olympics mean to her and how she is still able to compete while suffering from a debilitating disease. Don’t’ miss it!
Spencer O'Brien Show Notes
1:15: What is Spencer up to now?
3:49: Vancouver sports and growing up in Alert Bay and getting into skiing
6:00: Three girls and how they were raised and working on fishing boats
10:15: Getting into snowboarding at 11 and riding everything at contests
15:00: Riding pipe, Olympic dreams and then getting into slopestyle
19:00: Air awareness and gymnastics backgrounds and where does snowboarding go
23:00: Who was she in high school and what was she like?
24:13: Sponsored sister living in Whistler and how does Spencer make it up there?
26:30: Getting an agent, getting sponsored, and affording Whistler
29:30: The strangest things she’s done for money
31:00: What are the big events that made people notice her?
33:00: The Olympics Vs. the X Games
35:55: Contests wins, droughts, and nerves while competing
39:00: Representing Nike as a snowboarder
43:30: Who pays her? And what happened to APO?
46:07: Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis before the Sochi Olympics, taking drugs for it and testing.
51:45: The negatives around the Olympics and what she things of them
58:34: Getting hurt at the X Games
101:00: Qualifying for the Olympics in North Korea
103:00: What’s next after this last Olympic experience