ANNA SE­GAL

SKI - - THE SHOW MUST GO ON -

If there’s one thing that pro­fes­sional freeskier Anna Se­gal is al­ways game for, it’s ad­ven­ture. So when the Ozzie na­tive and for­mer slopestyle Olympian was in­vited to join the WME crew in Ice­land to shoot for this year’s film, she ditched her day job and hopped on a plane.

“Ad­ven­ture is the in­vi­ta­tion for com­mon peo­ple to be­come un­com­mon.” —WM I got the call to join WME three weeks be­fore [the seg­ment was set to shoot]. K2 sent me a mes­sage ask­ing me if I was free in May. Even though I had a full-time job at the time, I said yes. I wanted to hear what the op­por­tu­nity was first, then fig­ure things out from there. When K2 asked if I wanted to go to Ice­land with WME, I thought, oh my gosh, you can’t ask for a bet­ter text mes­sage! I im­me­di­ately said yes. Ice­land has al­ways been on my radar, I just never ex­pected I would have the op­por­tu­nity to ski there. Of course, a huge part of it was get­ting the chance to film with WME. It’s funny, in Aus­tralia when I tell peo­ple I’m a pro­fes­sional skier, they go on and say, ‘Oh, you com­pete in the Olympics?’ I tell them I used to do that, but now I shoot videos and photos. And they say, ‘Oh, with War­ren Miller?’ Ev­ery­one knows War­ren Miller movies. I used to have to tell them no, I’ve never filmed with WME be­fore, but hope­fully some­day. Now it’s pretty cool to say, ‘Yeah, I film with War­ren Miller!’ That’s the pin­na­cle. “Free­dom is lo­cated some­where out­side the box.” —WM When I was 19 I de­cided I wanted to give freeski­ing a try. I was watch­ing Rachael Burks and Kristi Le­sk­i­nen re­li­giously in all the ski films, and I just wanted to do what they were do­ing. And I was al­ways play­ing around in the rail park and on the jumps. So I got into slopestyle. Af­ter plac­ing fourth in slopestyle in the Olympics, I de­cided to re­tire. Slopestyle got more rigid when it be­came an Olympic sport. Back when I first started, there was a bit more free­dom and cre­ativ­ity in­volved. With film­ing and big moun­tain ski­ing, there’s more po­ten­tial for cre­ativ­ity. In the past I re­mem­ber al­ways look­ing at the moun­tains and want­ing to ski tour and ski pow, so I thought it was a good time to hang up the com­pe­ti­tion thing and learn some­thing new.

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