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Survival of the Fittest

Two-time World Slalom champ Whitney McClintock shares her insight on skiing strong.


Whitney McClintock


On a scale of one to 10, how did the hit you took at 41 off at Worlds last year rank in the pain category?

I don’t remember it causing any pain. My body takes mini whiplashes every day in training and competition, so when I take a more severe hit and don’t ski away, typically it will cause more forearm soreness the next day than anything else.

What kind of gloves and handle do you rely on to feel connected behind the boat?

I've used different gloves over the years, including Radar Bliss. I'm currently using PKB XXXS. I like a super tight, thin, Amara grip on my 13-inch, 1.063-diameter Masterline handle.

What’s your go-to meal for feeling and performing your best?

Breakfast: 500 milliliter green juice and a Vegan Chocolate shake from Shakeology.
Lunch: spinach salad with cucumbers, bell peppers, quinoa and hemp hearts, drizzled with grapeseed oil, lemon juice and pink salt.
Dinner: steamed broccoli over quinoa, drizzled with grapeseed oil and pink salt.

Pound for pound, are you stronger than your brother, Jason McClintock?

We will have to set up a ninja course to answer this one! Jason is pretty lean and strong, so I think he might have me beat, even pound for pound. Though I gave him a run for his money when we used to wrestle for fun when we were young teenagers.

What did you do today to strengthen your core?

Do flips on my trick ski count?

What’s your favorite core exercise?

Plank. I typically will do planks and some bicycle crunches before I ski, and I especially focus on core activation when I'm feeling any low-back pain.

What advice do you offer skiers to reduce their chances of getting folded behind the boat?

Focus on a strong gate so you have some freedom in the course. Also, focus on perfect posture — like your mom used to tell you at the dinner table — so you stay connected all the way to the buoy, making it easier to come back to the line without any slack rope.


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