We’ve already challenged newlyweds and a brother-sister duo. Now we’re putting longtime husband and wife Freddy Krueger and Karen Truelove to the test to see how well each one knows the other.
What has been the biggest challenge for Karen to overcome?
He says: She’s injured both ACLs (and had a C-section when she had [our son] Dash in March of ’09). It’s challenging because everything has to stop and you have to focus your whole attention on getting over that injury.
She says: Just learning how to let go of a bad set.
How has parenthood changed Karen’s outlook on skiing?
He says: Dealing with the negatives of the sport, [being a parent] makes it much easier to let that stuff roll off your back. We can both see a bigger picture now.
She says: It’s taught me a lot about time management.
How do you handle tournament ups and downs together?
He says: The only real challenge for us is that Karen skis early in the day and I’m late.
She says: We communicate well through the ups and the downs.
What does Karen consider her greatest strength as a skier?
He says: There’s no one in our sport I can think of who’s done more than she has after an injury. After her second knee surgery, she won her first pro event after only five months of recovery and went on to win five pro events that year.
She says: I can go to a tournament and be competitive, even after a not-so-great pre-tournament run.
How does Karen like to unwind after a hard week?
He says: She enjoys her time with Dash and our dogs. Otherwise she likes doing a little shopping.
She says: Going to dinner and a movie. We’ll just assume I can get a babysitter [laughs].
At what time of the day is Freddy most productive?
She says: Freddy is a night owl. I’m not a crazy early morning person, but from 8 to noon is when I can usually get the most done. For him, it’s more like 9 p.m. comes around, and he’s like, ‘OK, now I can get some stuff done’ [laughs]. He’s come around to more of my schedule.
He says: Karen is definitely a morning person and I am exactly the opposite.
What has been the biggest training/skiing challenge for Freddy to overcome?
She says: Night jumping – he spent quite a bit of time trying to overcome his [performance-related] issues with that.
He says: Dealing with all the minor injuries after taking a crash.
What’s Freddy’s weirdest training ritual or habit?
She says: Freddy’s pretty easygoing. I’m a little stumped here. He’s got a pretty typical routine. Same thing for me. I’ve purposefully tried to do my warm-up so that I don’t rely on anything.
He says: I think we’re both pretty flexible, because you have to be if you’re doing a lot of tournaments. I have a very systematic way of putting on my equipment, but I don’t know that it’s all that weird.
What does Freddy consider his greatest strength as a skier?
She says: His ability to have a one-track mind. He’s very good at focusing.
He says: My ability to push the limit.
What does Freddy like to eat after a hard set?
She says: He’s pretty much always up for Mexican.
He says: I love Mexican.
WE SAY: It’s obvious how much Karen and Freddy care about and support each other. A great match!