Meet Sandra Hillen
While most Olympic snowboarders grow up in the heart of a resort town and are groomed during their formative years, Sandra Hillen first got turned onto riding when she was 16 living in Kansas City, and didn't start putting down tracks regularly until she was 18 after moving to Boulder to attend university.
Even though I didn't grow up riding, I was still fascinated by the sport, explains Hillen.
In college, I joined the CU Snowboarding team. I had such a fun crew to ride with and I dedicated every moment I could to snowboarding.
Fast-forward to 2014, and an irrefutable passion earned her a spot on the Mexican snowboard team, supporting her family's roots.
The road to the Olympics was definitely the most amazing experience ever, elates Sandra.
I had never competed at that level before, so it definitely pushed me to step up to the occasion.
When asked about her approach to life, Sandra's response is all ZEAL:
Getting out of your comfort zone keeps you young. Travel more.