I was so lucky to be a part of both the 2012 and 2014 World Team. The view is breathtaking from the top of a double top four tier. My adrenaline was just a going because, believe it or not, I’m so afraid of heights! The crowd was huge and cheering so loud that it gave me goosebumps. I’ve done 1000’s of pyramids from 1989–2015 but on a double top 4, it’s a lot more fun with a friend up there with you.
Pyramid requires the most teamwork in a show because of all the people involved. You have to do your part by climbing gracefully and fast, not pushy and slow. Trusting each other and lots of practice are essential. I think it’s amazing that for both World’s the U.S. Team was only together in March for two days and in September a couple of days before the competition. Our teamwork was wonderful. We all felt like we had known each other forever after the competition. I was sad when it was over.
My dreams all came true in May of 1989. There was a professional ski team at the CNE in Toronto. Three girls were leaving and they needed a pyramid girl. I was a gymnast in high school and my science teacher (he skied at the CNE) decided I was the one. I was sponsored by a boat company to learn to be a show skier!
To make a long story short, I skied at CNE, moved to Florida to ski at Cypress Gardens and SeaWorld thanks to Geno Yauchler, and the rest is history. The funny thing is pyramid was my least favorite act until being selected for both World teams.
I will cherish the memories of World’s. I have so many great highlights. A funny one was caught on the GoPro that I had on my head in 2012. I fell between the guys arms and Gerry grabbed me so I wouldn’t fall. I couldn’t stop laughing. Being a part of that team was an experience of a lifetime, and I was so lucky to be a part of it not once but twice.
Anyone who has been to the top of a pyramid knows it is exhilarating. I’ve done it in many professional shows, but being on top of the Team USA pyramids in front of thousands of people is an experience unlike any other.