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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Updated: November 3, 3:08 PM ET
Leading Ladies, Part 2: Rachael Burks


"Growing up, it was like 'Oh, now it's time for the girl section of the ski movie.' And then a girl would ski powder and maybe jump off a five-footer. Woohoo," says Burks.

[Ed's note: This story is part two of a series on freeskiing's brightest females, the athletes who are pushing the limits of what we all thought possible. Check back next Wednesday for the third installment, a story about Angeli Van Laannen and her fight against Lyme disease. And see below for ones you've missed.]

1: Anna Segal 2: Rachael Burks 3: Angeli VanLaanen

4: Photographers


5: Jackie Paaso

6: Say Their Names

Rachael Burks is the lone female in the latest release from Teton Gravity Research, "Light the Wick," which is touring theaters now. We met up with Rachael in Salt Lake City recently to talk about her segment in the film, her goals in big-mountain skiing, and why the heck she was wearing red fingernail polish.

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