Sports Spotlight – Mackenzie Bachmeier

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Issue_3_10_20_15-021From: Yelm, Washington Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology, w/ minor in Psy chology

Sport: Alpine ski racing

Why did you choose to come to Rocky?
I wanted to continue my ski racing, but also focus on my academics and I felt like Rocky was the best place to accomplish that.

What do you like about Rocky and your team?
I really like that my ski team is filled with foreign exchange students. It really makes for an interesting atmosphere, despite the fact that I don’t always understand what they are saying.

What are you majoring in and why?
I am majoring in Biology because it will give me the proper background I need in order to be in the Physician’s Assistant program. Also I really like the medical field because I enjoy interacting and helping other people.

How did you get started in your sport and when?
I got started in my sport because it was a family thing. My mom was on the U.S ski team for freestyle, and my dad snow skis as well, so it’s just something that we all do together during the winter time. But I started snow skiing when I was two years old and ski racing when I was 5, but I guess you could say that I started skiing in the womb because my mom was still skiing with me at 3 months pregnant.

Issue_3_10_20_15-020Have you skied in any different ways? If so, what’s your favorite?
In ski racing there are 4 events, the technical (giant slalom, and slalom) and the speed events (superg, and downhill). I am not exactly built for being a speed skier but I have competed in international speed races before, but honestly it is just really frightening and the injuries some of the athletes have are horrendous so I don’t really think that it is worth the risk-but it’s fun! But my favorite event would have to be Giant Slalom-when the hills are steep and the courses are tight, that is when I really excel.

Have you had any (major) injuries during your sports career?                                                                       No, luckily, nothing serious. I have had back problems throughout my career that made ski racing very painful, but luckily back strengthening exercises and continuous support from a chiropractor has helped me deal/correct the pain. I got frostbite in 2011 racing in Lake Louise, Canada, so my feet turn purple and black super fast when I am skiing, so I just have to be careful and aware of how long I am out on the hill. Sometimes my feet go numb and I don’t even know it, so there’s always the fear that my toes could be amputated.

What’s your favorite class?
Would probably have to be my Evolution class because I really enjoy my professor, and I feel like I am always learning something new and interesting.

What are some interests, likes, and dislikes?
I really enjoy traveling, hiking/backpacking, listening to music, singing, running, biking, fast cars, and rollecoasters! (I am an adrenaline junkie). I also compete in 3 water skiing events (trick, slalom, and jump). And there is nothing that I really dislike, although I don’t particularly like spiders and bugs, or tight spaces.

What is your Spirit Animal?
It would have to be tied between a wolf and an eagle. I feel like there are both beautiful forces of nature not to be reckoned with, and I admire them for it.

If you could have any superpower, what would you want?
Definitely the power to travel through time. Go forward or backward, or stop time and still move around- you could accomplish so much, just use your imagination.

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