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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Updated: May 11, 8:06 PM ET
5 Minutes With... Grete Eliassen

By Jeff Foss

So who are you, anyway?
I'm Grete, 20 years old from Minnesota, but I went to middle school and high school in Norway. I just got dual citizenship, actually, but I haven't been back there for a while because I've been super busy with skiing. Luckily my family has been able to visit me in Utah where I go to school.

Tell us something we don't know about your riding.
Well, I literally only think about pipe in January—the rest of the year I like to do backcountry and jumps, stuff like that. As far as my pipe skiing, when I'm dropping in, I usually ski down the lip a bit and ollie in just a little further down than the rest of the girls. I think that's because I like to carry a lot of speed going into my first hit. But anybody can carry a lot of speed going in—what it really all comes down to is how good you are at pumping transitions.

Any superstitions? Got a lucky rabbit's foot in your jacket somewhere?
Not really, but me and the girls—Elena Height, Michelle Parker and Kristi Leskinen—do have a little evening routine: Every night we've been staying in and watching Grey's Anatomy. We've got the whole Season Two DVD set in the room, but we don't just sit there and watch—everybody does 300 sit-ups during the episodes. We're good about it, too. All the girls here are really good friends, actually... if it wasn't for competing, we hang out all the time.

Now the hard ones. Pulp or no pulp?
In orange juice? Definitely pulp. That makes it taste way fresher.

Green apples or red apples?
Red, for sure.

Do you roll your toothpaste tube or squeeze it?
I squeeze it. Well, I squeeze it as far as I can, and then I roll it. Don't you have to roll it at the end to get out the last bit? I think you do.

Skim milk or 2 percent?
Skim. I water down anything that isn't skim, even 1 percent.

Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?
If I had to pick one, I'd say Hillary Clinton. I'd like to see a woman win.

Cans or bottles?
Bottles. Definitely bottles on that one.

Left wall or right wall? In terms of pipe skiing.
Left, skier's left for sure.

Thanks. Now tell us something we definitely don't know about you.
Lets see... well, I studied Chinese this fall. I bet you didn't know that.

I did not. So how do you say "sick run" in Chinese?
I have no idea! I don't think it translates too well or whatever. I can say please and thank you, though...