By the time Oakley’s Katerina Nash was 24, she had competed in three Olympic Games in two disciplines. Nash was born to compete, but you wouldn’t know it from her pleasant and humble demeanor. She moved to the United States from the Czech Republic in January of 2000 when she received a cross-country ski scholarship from the University of Nevada, Reno. She skied for her native Czech Republic in two Winter Olympics, all the while mountain biking in the summers. When she ran out of college eligibility in 2002, she switched to mountain biking and again earned the chance to represent her native country. This time it was in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, where she placed 19th in the cross-country mountain bike event. With her focus shifted to mountain bike racing, Nash hopes to place in the top 10 at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Nash currently lives in a small town near Lake Tahoe. “I have everything I love here,” says Nash of the small Lake Tahoe community she calls home. “Cool shops, organic markets and endless hills in every direction. For me, small towns mean big dreams.”
Q & A
When did you turn pro?
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
3x Olympian, World Cup winner, World Championship cyclocross bronze medalist
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
My Oakley “ Uniquely” ad campaign
Fun= laughs Vision= thoughts Friend= good times Foe= Greenhouse= effect Gas= have to put in my car
When did you first start riding? Where/why?
At 5, trying to keep up with my grandmother.
If you weren’t ripping on a bike, what kind of menial task would you want to do?
Tell me a funny story about an Oakley rider...(We’ll never tell)
something about jawbones of dead deer being delivered to rider who really wanted the jawbones Oakley instead…
Funniest thing you’ve seen happen on a bike...
Muddy cross races in Portland
Gnarliest thing you’ve seen happen on a bike.
Some crazy looking jumps around Tahoe. I would never want to try to ride it.
Your Favorite…(Start with your favorite music artist or something):
pod cast: Car talk
needed for life
Best song to ride to:
Gone wandering by Jackie Green
First thing you do when you get back from a trip is…
take my dogs outside to play
Dream vacation spot:
Skiing in Italy
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
I go for face
People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
never been on facebook
You’ve been mistaken for…
Katarina Witt but only because the name
flavor is everything