Aubrie Mindock

Professional skier, author of "When I Saw Heaven" and "Back Up On Skis," Olympic hopeful

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IU: Good afternoon Aubrie. Welcome to the show. We are honored to have you today.

AM: Thank you. I am stoked to be here. Thank you for having me join you.

IU: So, how are you doing since your accident? How has recovery been?

AM: I am doing great. Recovery has been tough but I am back up and skiing and so happy to be back. 

IU: Are you still in the recovery process or are you healed now?

AM: I have a traumatic brain injury. They never fully heal. I will have to live with permanent damage for the rest of my life. Recovering will be for the rest of my life. The rest of my body is healed but I can still feel my skull fracture. Sometimes that still hurts. 

IU: Do you ever think about your accident when you are skiing?

AM: Not really. I mean it is all in the past and I am moving forward. The reason I talk about it is to bring hope to others. I want those who supported me through this to know that I am okay and I don't want people being afraid of sports or afraid to get back up because of bad things. 

IU: Looking back to that day at Winter Park if you could go back and not have raced would you?

AM: No I would not change what happened to me because I have been able to reach out to a ton of people and I have been able to help people through my story. God has a plan and His plan is perfect. I feel that this happened so God could fulfill his plan in me.

IU: I understand that your faith is important to you. How has God helped you to get through this tragedy?

AM: God knew what was going to happen to me that day and He had a plan. He knew that I was going to get hurt but He also knew that I would come back stronger. God told me when I died and went to Heaven that I would ski again. He said, "I have a plan. My plan is perfect. Trust me. Trust my plan." Since I heard God say those words to me in the garden I knew that no matter what He would always be by my side. God just kept telling me to get back up on skis then He told me to write my books. I just kept hearing God's voice and I knew that everything was going to be okay. 

IU: Did you ever think about leaving the sport of skiing after your accident? 

AM: There was one time when I tried to tell myself that I would be happy if I never stepped foot into another binding. I was only lying to myself. Deep down inside I knew that I needed to ski again. God told me that I would ski again and that I would get back up and be okay but part of me questioned God. I tried to talk myself out of getting back up but that was only once. I guess I never really thought that I would quit skiing. I knew I would get back up but I just had that one time where I questioned if I could ski again. 

IU: Were you nervous to get back up on skis?

AM: I was not nervous at all. I was ready. I was more than ready. I couldn't wait to get back up on the slopes. When I saw the runs for the first time since my crash I knew that I needed to get back up. The moment I got off the chair and rode for the first time since Winter Park was the best day of my life. I had everything back.

IU: It is shocking to many that you literally got back up 2 weeks after your accident. You still had a concussion, a fractured skull, a broken arm and a broken knee at that time. Why did you decide to get back up so soon?

AM: I was ready. I could not wait any longer to ski. I just had to get back to the sport. I have always been a skier and when you are really passionate about what you do nothing will stop you from achieving your goals. Nothing can take away your dreams and I was not going to allow my accident to stop me. 

IU: Were you nervous that you would fall again when you got back into the race course?

AM: No I was not scared. I have been hit the hardest that I will ever get hit in this sport. I mean, I died. You can't get hit any harder than that. I had no reason to be afraid. I was afraid that I would not make Nationals or that I would not be the same skier that I was before my accident though. 

IU: What are your goals now that you have skied for a few years and have overcame it all?

AM: Well, my goals are to of course make the Olympics. I think I will have that dream until I retire from skiing. I also want to ski all of the 14ers in Colorado and then in the U.S. 

IU: Can you please explain to me what 14ers are?

AM: 14ers are the tallest mountains in Colorado. I want to be the first female to ski them all. 

IU: How long do you expect it will take you to achieve your goal?

AM: I don't know if or when I will make the Olympics but I do know that skiing all the 14,000 foot mountains will take several seasons. There are a lot of factors that go into making such dangerous climbs. I have to basically have the perfect day. 

IU: Well, Aubrie, I want to wish you the best of luck and I hope to see you on TV. I cannot wait to hear more about your skiing and climbing. 

AM: Thank you.