Wild Ideas Worth Living: Kimmy Fasani


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Kimmy Fasani on confronting fear, going big and getting paid to eat cookies and snowboard.

Kimmy Fasani is a well-respected athlete, most known for her aggressive free-style backcountry snowboarding. She has won countless awards like Women’s Rider of the Year, Standout Performance of the Year, and has had some incredible video parts with Standard and Absinthe Films. Kimmy loves mentoring other snowboarders, especially other females and is a vocal ambassador for several nonprofits.

Kimmy’s wild idea: To create a job for herself as a professional backcountry snowboarder, be a mentor for other riders and remain active through pregnancy.

On the personal side of her life, Kimmy is married to skier Chris Benchetler and they are part-owners of Dessert’d Organic Bakeshop (and yes, she gets to taste test everything.) I recorded this interview after a day snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain, and at the time Kimmy was about five weeks from having a baby. She opened up about being a pregnant athlete, why people care more about what she does with her body now, and her spiritual journey to getting pregnant. She also shares about how she created her dream job, what it takes to be a pro snowboarder, and how she tackled injuries, self-doubt, fear and overcame some of the hardest times in her life.

Listen to this episode if:

  • You want to be a backcountry snowboarder or professional athlete.
  • You want to create your dream job.
  • You want to conquer self-doubt and fear of failure.
  • You have a spiritual side.
  • You want to cultivate a positive mindset, even in the face of adversity.
  • You are an active mom or mom-to-be.

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