Ruby’s stellar season

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After finishing her season on a high, Queenstown golden girl Ruby Andrews already has her sights set on a massive 2020.

The 14-year-old skier won two gold medals at last month’s USA Snowboard and Freeski Association national champs, which she describes as the highlight of a stellar season.

“It’s definitely been my best competition season,” she tells Mountain Scene.

This season marked her first skiing overseas, and she also ramped up her training schedule. She reckons that’s the reason for her impressive run.

“That’s been really helpful, I’ve been learning heaps of new tricks.

“Being overseas also helps me get used to doing more competitions.”

Next year’s looking even brighter, with the talented teen heading off to the Youth Olympic Winter Games.

She’s already looking ahead to the Cardrona season in about a month, and competing in her first ever Winter Games.

Plus “heaps and heaps” of training.

But, for now, she’s enjoying a well-earned break.

“I haven’t seen my friends in a while,” she laughs.

Ruby started skiing at the ripe old age of three-and-a-half, falling in love with the sport after learning on Canterbury’s Mt Hutt. She switched to snowboarding at age seven for a few years, before returning to her skiing roots.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz