Maranda Pleasant: How have you become such a confident woman? What inspired you to start SheJumps?

Lynsey Dyer: Well, skiing is an individual cutthroat sport. My co-founder (who was the captain at the University of Washington) and I missed the camaraderie of our soccer teams. We gained so much confidence while challenging ourselves in nature. We were away from mirrors and magazines. We wanted to offer this feeling of confidence to more girls. We wanted to create a welcoming environment so that girls with limited experience in the outdoors could feel safe to ask questions while feeling supported to push their limits. Whether it’s jumping off a cliff or speaking in front of a crowd for the first time, we believe, “if she can do it so can I!”

MP: Why do you think girls need different role models?

LD: Growing up, it was difficult to find role models I could relate to. Mass media told me to emulate sexy singers or sexy actresses. Jane Goodall was the closest thing I found to a woman I wanted to be like. There are tons of amazing women out there for girls to emulate, but the media isn’t celebrating them to the masses.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest struggles?

LD: I have struggled to be taken seriously as a female athlete. I have struggled to find my worth outside of winning. I have struggled to accept parts of myself. Now I’m recognizing the beauty in those parts as well as beauty in the times when things didn’t go my way.

MP: What’s been one of your greatest personal achievements?

LD: Overcoming one of my limiting beliefs, “girls are not as strong as men, therefore we cannot attempt the same physical challenges.” I can tell you, with all certainty, this is not true. I have accomplished things on skis no one thought were physically possible for females.

MP: Are there any other projects you’re working on right now?

LD: I am directing an all female sports film called “Pretty Faces.” It’s the untold story of women committed to the mountain lifestyle and pushing physical limitations.




Photos: Mike McPhee

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