Interview by Jeff Schmuck
Hey, howâ€™s it going?
Good. How was the haunted house last night?
It was amazing! I went with Shidasha, you know Shidasha Holmstead right?
Her and I went with two of my guy friends, and all of us were clinging onto eachother the entire time, we couldnâ€™t let go, we were so scared. We ended up in this room filled with bodies in these bags that were hanging everywhere and we couldnâ€™t see that much. We were just trying to get though all the bags and we got lost in that part of the house forever. And then I donâ€™t know who it was, I think it Jason or someone from Halloween and he was there trying to kill us. It was sweet.
Jason is from Friday the 13th. Was it him or Michael Meyers?
I honestly have no idea it was. I was so scared so I was just closing my eyes so I didnâ€™t even see his face (laughs). I love haunted houses, theyâ€™re one my favorite things ever to do and they scare me to death. I even get scared waiting in line. You know when the actors come by and try to scare you while youâ€™re waiting to get in? I get scared from that. One of the people I was with told one of the actors my name and they were like, â€œGrete weâ€™re going to kill you!â€ I was so scared because I couldnâ€™t figure out how he knew my name. I was freaking out! (laughs)photo courtesy: Anna De Masi
So howâ€™s school going?
Itâ€™s going really good. I had a test today and it was pretty exciting because the teacher graded it right after class. I worked my ass off studying for it last night, except for when I went to the haunted house. So today I was studying like crazy and I fell asleep in the lounge at school and then I woke up, realized I knew all of the information, went into the test, took it and I got 100%, so I was psyched. My professor even gave me a high-five.
Tell everyone what youâ€™re taking.
The classes Iâ€™m taking this semester are computer essentials, communication speech, productive logic, and survey of theater.
And youâ€™re working towards a business management degree right?
Thatâ€™s correct. Yep.
So the big news is, youâ€™ve left Armada and signed with Head as of yesterday? Or was it the day before?
Cool. So, why Head?
Well Armada was great and I had a really good time with them but I decided I wanted to go with a company that was going to be more womenâ€™s-skiing focused. And Headâ€™s going to be able to do that, so Iâ€™m really excited.
What are their plans for the future in that area? Are they going to be making more womenâ€™s-specific twintips?
Well, weâ€™ll see what happens. The plan right now is Iâ€™m going to work with a bunch of women on the board all together, and I just want to work with a company thatâ€™s been in the industry forever. Head skis have been around forever, ever since I started skiing, and I know theyâ€™ll continue to be in the sport no matter what happens, and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s so cool about working with a company like this. I canâ€™t explain how stoked I am and how excited I am to work with all these different athletes and people.
A lot of people are going to wonder why leave Armada for Head, or rather, why leave Armada in general?
Right, right. The main reason is, like I was saying before, Armada was great, but I needed a company that was going to be focused on womenâ€™s skiing and thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m going to Head. That was the main reason why. I wanted to work with a company that was going to focus a lot of their marketing dollars and designing teams on making womenâ€™s-specific skis and pushing the sport of womenâ€™s-skiing. I couldnâ€™t do that as much at Armada so I decided I wanted to do it with someone else and Head was great about it.
Will your plans change at all for the winter and beyond now that youâ€™re on a different ski sponsor?
No, I think itâ€™ll be pretty much the same. It might change a little bit here and there but Iâ€™m still going to do what I want to do basically. Iâ€™ll still pick the contests I want to compete in. Headâ€™s not going to make me do anything more or less than what I want to do. Everything I do in skiing is what I want to do, and theyâ€™re going to let me express what I want to do with my skiing. If it snows a bunch, Iâ€™ll go skiing powder a bunch. But if it doesnâ€™t, then maybe Iâ€™ll just ski pipe all year too. Itâ€™s one or the other, but all I know is Iâ€™m going to have a smile on my face the entire year so itâ€™s going to be great.
Youâ€™ve always got a smile on your face Grete.
Shut-up (laughs). But itâ€™s true. Because thereâ€™s so many happy and great things in life.
Whatâ€™s a definite for you this winter?
Well, for sure X-Games. But Michelle and I are also talking about how we want to go to Alaska together when her knee is all better, and thatâ€™s another main thing I want to do. Just see what itâ€™s like and become a mountain woman. Itâ€™ll be great. I havenâ€™t skied since May so Iâ€™m really pumped for this season, so I canâ€™t wait to get out there and have a ball again.
Nice. Is there anything else you want to say about the switch or anything in general?
Oh, make sure you tell everyone Iâ€™m going to see Lilâ€™ Wayne tonight. Iâ€™ve got a VIP pass so maybe after the concert my name will be Mrs. Carter. Ya never know (laughs).
photo courtesy: Anna De Masi