Youngest competing member of the U.S. ski team hoping for the best in the debut of her sport
Krass said that, like many of the women she will compete against, they will hold the late Sarah Burke in their hearts. The Canadian freeskier died after hitting her head while training at Park City Mountain Resort in 2012.
“It’s really important,” she said of honoring Burke with their effort. “Her name gets brought up all the time. She’s one of the main reasons I’m going to be going to Russia. Everyone is always thinking about her.” Krass will compete against some tough competition, first and foremost, her teammate Devin Logan, who lives in Park City, and Keri Herman, a Breckenridge, Colo., skier.
Logan tried to qualify in both slopestyle and halfpipe, but came up just short in halfpipe.
“OK, let’s break this down for a sec,” Herman tweeted Monday. “The Olympics! I seriously can’t believe I made it here. So excited to ski with my friends tomorrow!”
But one of the youngest in the competition, Krass is trying to keep everything in perspective while appreciating just how special this opportunity is.
“I’m just going to go and do the best I can,” she said on her last day in Utah. “I’m not really going to give myself pressure or expectations. Hopefully it ends well.”
Simply calling herself an Olympian is still an adjustment.
“To be honest, it still kind of seems like I’m in a dream,” she said laughing. “It still doesn’t seem real there are so many thoughts going through my head. But I do picture myself on the podium.”