Tahoe City, CA-- Shannon Bahrke is by no means your average moguls skier. The Olympic silver medalist may seem like she runs bumps all day long, but with a passion for things like coffee, race cars, music and the color pink, Bahrke turns the ordinary into the extraordinary in a way only she knows how.
So, you were out for the 2008 season with an injury, but now you're back. What's your favorite part of being back with the team?
My favorite thing about being back is being with the Team. We really have such an amazing team and it's really fun to see those guys in the gym working hard and everyone joking around and having a good time. Sometimes the season can be a little stressful, but it's nice to be back with everyone and see their smiling faces.
You're obviously a highly decorated athlete. Where do you keep all your awards?
I usually give all the big ones to my mom and she hangs them around the house. But, my silver medal, my uncle made me a beautiful box to hang it on the wall but I am so afraid that if someone breaks in and sees it in the box, they'll take it. So, I am looking into getting a safe to put it in, but we have it at my house and we look at it all the time.
You recently started your own coffee company Silver Bean Coffee Co. Where did the idea for that come from?
My boyfriend Matt is a "super-entrepreneur." He started his own business and sold it. We've always known we wanted to start our own business together and one day we were in a coffee shop hanging out after a day of skiing and we were talking about how much fun skiing is and our biggest jumps and kickers and I kind of sat back and thought, "this is such a cool fun thing to be in a coffee shop with your friends' and it hit me that maybe we could start up a coffee company. We researched if it was viable and it turned out that you can make a lot of money in coffee, so that was our catalyst.
So, you've had purple hair and now it's got a bright shade of pink in it. How did that happen?
A year ago I was in my hairdresser's shop and said I was really bored of being a blonde, what can I do? And she said that she could put purple in my hair. So I did a little strip, then a little more and a little more and then I got bored with purple and I went with pink. I've had pink for about a year now and I really like it and I really want to do my whole head, but I don't think I'd be brave enough to do that.
Is there any circumstance under which you would dye your whole head pink?
Oh - if I won a gold medal at World Championships or at the Olympics I would dye my whole head pink.
You know we're going to hold you to that.
I know. If I win, I will definitely do that.
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