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Wendy Fisher rips Valdez, Alaska, like a bad mother.

A big-mountain diva makes a massive comeback.

For nearly a decade, Wendy Fisher was arguably the best female big-mountain skier around. On the heels of her World Cup racing career, which ended in 1994, she won six freeskiing competitions, starred in some 15 movies by the likes of Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions, and graced the pages of every publication that so much as squeaked a word about skiing. But as it was with racing, so it became with competitive freeskiing: stressful, tedious, tiresome. Fisher stopped competing in 2000, concentrated on filming ski movies, got married, and founded FishSki, a series of girls' and womens' ski camps in her adopted hometown of Crested Butte, Colorado.

But her mojo just wouldn't rest. In 2004, at age 33, she entered Crested Butte's U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Competition on a whim. On the second day, she smoked a straightline run with two mandatory airs, won the event, and walked away with $6,500. A few weeks later, she learned she'd done it pregnant.

So what's next for the most extreme mom in skidom? She's been skiing and coaching since Christmas and is contemplating a full-fledged comeback. "Fourteen days past my due date, I went skiing and felt solid and coordinated," she says. "If I continue to feel confident, I'll enter more comps."

THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR
HEIGHT: 5'6"
WEIGHT: 138 lb.
DOB: 7/8/71
HOME MOUNTAIN: Crested Butte, CO
SECOND OPINION: "She's such an aggressive and powerful skier. I like the way Wendy skis lines with speed and natural grace. Plus, she hucks big." -big-mountain film star Ingrid Backstrom

FEBRUARY 2006

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