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Lydia Lassila

Olympic Gold Medalist



What advice do you have for an aspiring athlete?

Write your goals down and make a detailed plan on how you're going to achieve them.  By breaking your goals down into achievable steps, it doesn't seem overwhelming anymore.  Visualize and feel yourself achieving them everyday!  Surround yourself with a strong support team that you have full trust in - coach, physio, sports psych - whoever you need to maximize your performance. 


What has been your career highlight so far?

Winning GOLD at Vancouver Olympics in 2010.  Also, breaking World Records in 2010.


What was your favorite subject in school?

I loved languages...especially Japanese.


When did you first know that you had what it took to be an Olympian?

I knew I wanted to be an Olympian by the age of 6.  I believed I could be one by the age of 10.


What is your favorite city to visit?

I love Tokyo - there are always interesting things happening.