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Steamboat Magazine

Richard Wilkes

11/01/2013 11:45AM ● By Grant Johnson

Steamboat Springs, CO -

Q. What are some of your favorite runs in Steamboat?
Rolex, North St. Pats, Vagabond.

Q. What’s on your warm-up playlist?
A. David Guetta, Wu Tang Clan.

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A. Many roads lead to Rome.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  
A. A cup of tea and some crocheting. 

Q. What’s your favorite career moment so far?  
A. Competing at the 2013 World Snowboard Championships. 

Q. What does a typical day of training look like for you?  
A. Wake up, eat, tune snowboard(s), eat, three hours on snow, eat, an hour at the gym, eat, tune snowboard(s), eat, 30 minutes to stretch, sleep. 

Q. If you weren’t a professional athlete, what would you want to be?  
A. Probably a farmer.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional character?  
A. Super Mario.

Q. How do you like to celebrate a victory?  
A. For me, every race I attend is a victory. Coming from Australia, where the winters are short and the snow is mostly rain, I feel blessed that I'm able to compete at a high level in a winter sport. 

Q. What’s your favorite TV show right now?
A. “Two Broke Girls.”

Q.  What’s your favorite junk food?
A. Cake.

Q. Who is the most important person in your life?
A. My beautiful girlfriend, Bridgette.

Q. What is your favorite social networking site?
A. I don't really do social networking. I much prefer to talk to people face-to-face or on the phone. But I guess Facebook would be my favorite (as I’ve no idea how to use any of the others!).

Q. What would you do if you won the lottery?  
A. Establish a research institute with/for DEBRA. – the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association – to help find better treatments and ultimately a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (E.B.). DEBRA is an international organization that offers advocacy, financial support, emotional support and networking opportunities to families living with E.B. My two-year-old niece, Tilly, has this rare disease. She is an amazing little girl, and is, without a doubt, the toughest and bravest person I know.