She’s shredded slopes across the globe, but does Olympic freestyle skier Anna Willcox have what it takes to dominate the dance floor?
Reigning from Auckland’s North Shore, Anna began skiing with her sports-enthusiast family at the age of four, but it wasn’t until she finished high school at 18 that she discovered her passion and talent for slopestyle skiing. Within the short space of a few years Anna was on the world tour circuit competing across the globe. She landed on her first world cup podium in Sierra Nevada Spain in 2013 and qualified for the 2014 Sochi, Russia Winter Olympic Games ranked 7th in the world.
After suffering a head injury in 2016 followed by a broken back in early 2017, Anna had to refocus her goal of competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Anna is still surrounded by sport as she currently works as a TV sports presenter, for The Crowd Goes Wild.
Spurred on in part by her competitive nature and talented family (her father competed in the 5 America’s Cup campaigns and is a 3x 470 sailing World Champion, and her brother represented NZ at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 470 sailing class), Anna’s hard-work and determination to succeed has led her to become a top-tier name in the discipline of slopestyle freesking.
She’s proven her strength and endurance on the snowy slopes, but will her aerial achievements in the alpines translate to success under the scorching stage lights?
“Pushing my limits and living outside of my comfort zone is where I feel my most alive and confident. It's slightly addictive and sometimes it ends with a bandage or two but you can’t deny that it feels awesome to push yourself,” says Anna.
When she is not skiing the adrenaline-seeking sportstar loves to surf, gym and trampoline to prepare for the snow season.