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As one of professional snowboarding’s shining stars, at just 23 years old Elena Hight is already a two-time Olympian in snowboard halfpipe. But the Kauai, Hawaii native is known to have big success since a very early age. She became the first female to land a demanding 900-degree aerial spin in competition when she was only 13.
“Fear still gets the better of me sometimes. But when you're just enjoying yourself and living in the moment, you're not thinking about what could go wrong. Fear can be a good motivator, but for me, it's realizing your own potential and really just going for it and jumping into the fire,” Hight told ESPN.
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