Q&A with Free Skiing Legend Kevin Rolland
We’re proud to have free skiing legend Kevin Rolland on #TeamLifeProof. He is undeniably one of the best half pipe athletes in the world and has proved this yet again in 2016 after taking home gold at Aspen X Games. We caught up with Kevin recently for a Q&A and had some hot topics answered. Check below to find out what was going through his mind before his run at Aspen and what epic gear Kevin is rocking.
What was going through your mind as you came into the last run for Aspen X Games?
I just tried to stay focused on the technical side of my run and to think about how I throw down each trick. I don’t think about this run being the final chance, I don’t have time to be under pressure when I think about my tricks. I just continue to repeat the run in my mind until I am ready to drop in. It is stressful but I have learned to manage this. Once I drop in I go straight into performance mode and shut out everything but my run.
How big of an influence is your coach on your training and performances?
My coach has been with me since I was 12 years old. We are really close and have developed a strong friendship over the years of training together. He explodes at the end of my runs as he’s been with me since the beginning and knows how much work we have put in to get to this stage. We worked very hard on the new run that I landed at X Games Aspen and this was the first time I landed it in a competition. X Games is THE big goal for every athlete, you work all year for this competition, so when it goes well it is the best feeling in the world.
What is your favourite music to listen to before you compete?
I listen to hip hop mostly – French artist Booba really gets me hyped before dropping in at a competition. He’s aggressive but perfect for getting me going.
What is your Favourite location to Ski?
I’m not going to be original with this one – La Plagne, France is my local ski resort its the perfect place for me. I know it very well and know where the best places to ski are when there is snow. My friends and family are there so it’s perfect.
What gear are you currently riding?
Volko Ski’s – Leaders in the freestyle ski market, they are the perfect choice for slope-style half pipe.
Dalbello Boots – For me the ski boots are just as important, or maybe even more than the ski’s themselves.
Nike Clothes, Gloves and Glasses – It’s a brand that’s very focused on sports and performance with high class.
LifeProof FRE Power for my iPhone 6 – I’m always sure my phone is protected on the slopes and I don’t have to worry about running out of power.
Learn more about Kevin’s achievements over on his #TeamLifeProof profile: Kevin Rolland Profile