Continuing with our “Jacuzzi meets…” series, we recently caught up with former Youth Winter Olympian, Darcie Mead. Speaking to Darcie was particularly exciting for us, as Jacuzzi is the official sponsor of 9 races in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and Darcie is such a well-respected skier in the UK.
Here’s what she had to tell us about her sport, how she eases her injuries in a hot tub and what her #BestMomentOfTheRace is…
When did you first start skiing and what attracted you to it?
I started skiing when I was 11 and started racing from the age of 12. I mainly got into skiing through my school, Chemmy Crawford (former British Alpine World Cup skier), was a previous student at the school so skiing was always encouraged there and a big thing!
What’s the best thing about skiing?
I think the best thing about it is the freedom and how unique and different the sport is.
How did you feel after first competing in the World Junior Championships?
I had an amazing time at the World Juniors, it gave me such a big rush and it was such an incredible experience.
What are your main goals for 2016?
This year, I want to get stronger and become more agile.
We know it’s usually a tradition to hop into a hot tub after a long day skiing; do you often unwind in a tub after hitting the slopes?
Definitely! I especially love relaxing in a hot tub after a long day of training. I wish we got the chance to do it more often, as there are so many benefits. [The targeted jets] definitely help to loosen my tense muscles and the water really helps me to unwind.
As well as a hot tub, how else do you recover after skiing?
Normally, I spin on a bike for half an hour to flush the lactic acid out or I use a foam roller Both are really good ways of recovering after an intense ski session.
Skiing is so exciting, but what is the #BestMomentOfTheRace for you?
Crossing the finish line! I love the feeling that I’ve had a good run and then seeing my name on the timing board, and if I’ve made in into the Top 30 or better still, the Top 3!
What is the top thing you’d like to tick off your bucket list?
I would have to say skydiving. I think it would be an amazing experience!
Who is your hero?
My Dad! He was a previous athlete and has always supported me and helped me overcome my injuries.
If you could choose anyone, who would you most like to share a hot tub with?
I’d have to say my boyfriend!