Kristi Leskinen and the Path of Most Resistance
As much as she was a world class athlete, Kristi Leskinen—a regular on podiums during the early years of slope and halfpipe skiing—also had to be a trailblazer for female skiers. On this episode of the "Sponsored" podcast, hosted by Mike Powell, the Pennsylvania native and the first woman to throw a rodeo 720, talks about the early years of the sport and the lobbying she had to do to make her dream happen.
"It just felt like a struggle for many years," says Leskinen on the latest "Sponsored" podcast. "We're here, we want to compete, we need to be treated with some respect, and enthusiasm, and it took a long time. It took a lot of lobbying. Sarah and I schemed together. It was frustrating and challenging but exciting. We were building something."