Name: Daria Gaiazova
Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Hometown: Banff, AB
Favourite Sports Memory: Canadian Cross Country Skiers Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey winning a gold at the World Championships in 2011.
How you got involved in your sport: My best friend joined the ski club so I joined it too.
The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: Since my very first ski race in Canada in 2000!
Favourite Quote: “Try to remember through thick and through thin, when you give it your best, why, that’s when you win!” ~ Dr. Seuss
CAN Fund Testimonial: I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the CAN Fund family for the upcoming 2014 Olympic year. The support could not have come at a better time. This is the year when every little bit of help will leave a lasting effect. Now I can worry less about paying my bills and focus more of my energy on becoming the best in the World.
Best Result: 3rd in the World Cup team sprint race in Sochi, RUS
Share one valuable tool that you use on a daily basis that helps you to be the best athlete you can be: I do 15-20mins activation and stretching routine every morning.
Who is one person in your life that has impacted your career and what was it that they taught you: I can’t single out one person who helped me along the way. There have been so many role models and mentors throughout my career as a ski racer. They all know who they are and they know how much their kind support and advice shaped me into the athlete and the person I am today.
Have you read any articles or books or watched any videos or movies recently that really inspired you: Born to Run by C. McDougall
Fun Facts: I love juicing!!! I juice almost every day and like to experiment with different vegetable juice combinations. Most of my juice mixes are surprisingly good, while some are outright awful.