CRAZY COOL GROOVY CONGRATULATIONS to BATON ROUGE, LA-based, SALT LAKE CITY, UT-based TEAM USA WOMEN'S OLYMPIC Snowboarder BRENNA HUCKABY who has made history by being the FIRST PARALYMPIAN To APPEAR In SPORTS ILLUSTRATED - SWIMSUIT EDITION 2018!!!
Here are some interview interludes:
On shooting for SI Swimsuit: "I was super excited to have the opportunity to pose for SI Swimsuit! When I got the call I was chosen I jumped up and down and paced my room for an hour because I was so excited. Then reality set in and I realized the magnitude of what was about to happen. I have never seen myself as sexy and it wasn’t until Lilah (my daughter) was born that I was comfortable wearing my swimsuit without shorts!"
On nerves and expectations before the shoot: "I was so nervous! I have never seen myself as sexy, it just isn’t my personality. I was very nervous to channel a different side of myself. I knew the shoot was going to be amazing! There’s no way so many amazing, beautiful, and powerful women shoot for SI Swimsuit time and time again if it isn’t an amazing experience. Even with these high expectations the shoot went better than I expected! The women behind SI were so supportive, encouraging, and FUN! I had a blast and a ton of confidence because of them!"
On using the shoot as an opportunity to inspire others: "I see it as an opportunity to inspire others. It’s very rare, if ever, you see a woman with a disability pose in sexy swimsuits. I want to help change the stigma behind disabilities. I want other women, regardless of their body, to know they are powerful and sexy."
On dealing with body positivity in her personal life: "I haven’t always been comfortable with my body. When I was a teenager I would wear shorts with my swimsuit every time. I would rarely take my prosthetic off in front of other people. I was afraid of what people would think of me because I didn’t think very highly of myself. It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I realized my body was more than an object. That was the moment I knew my body was a tool, a strong and forceful tool that takes me from experience to experience. Once I realized this I finally loved my body."
Yay! I’m so proud of the improvements I’ve made in my riding, which is hard for me to say. I’ve been competing since I was a fetus 😂 and the only person I’ve been competing against is myself. After every race I do a reflection of how I did, regardless of my podium. Today, finishing first, over ten seconds lead in time trials yet I felt like I could’ve done more. Im excited for the progress I’ve made but I’m mostly excited for the progress I will make before Korea. I know what I need to work on and I know I will do it. I’m feeling strong and ready to give it my all next month! Now I think I just need some powder days in Utah to really make me feel prepared for Korea. We need some snowboard soul training ❤️💜Congrats ladies on the podium and let’s get after it again soon! @amypurdygurl @parashredder @nicoleroundy @amputee_adventurer . . . . . . #snow #snowboard #snowboarder #snowboarding #canada #womenempowerment #beautiful #proud #yas #laugh #womeninsport #parasnowboard #motoknee #versafoot #podium #work #play #athlete #love #happy #train #powder 📸 @andrewjaybw
Leaving the SLC for some Euro snow, y’all! Game face is ON and I’m only slightly bawling as I leave my cute family. Feels aside, who’s ready for some RIDING!! #Fyeah #snowboarder #snowboarding #snow #ride #gameface #europe #momlife #fitmom #adventure #experience #compete #love #passion #motivation #grateful #intense #nike #hestra #motoknee #versafoot #usa #amputee #adaptandwin #girlswhoride #momswholift #ride #wee #yas #queen #fearless @penningtonphoto @gettysport