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Rising Stars: Meet Senna Leith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Senna Leith.

Hi Senna, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am a professional snowboarder on the U.S. National Snowboard Team. I began snowboarding at age seven, and soon after started competing in local events. I was really just a “weekend warrior” at the time, escaping to the Colorado mountains with my family on the weekends. As time went on, I started to spend more and more time in the mountains developing my snowboarding. I eventually started to climb through the ladder of the various competition levels in snowboard-cross and started traveling internationally for competitions at age 15. I won the North American Cup Overall Title in 2017, and from there graduated to the snowboard-cross World Cup Circuit. I got my first world cup podium in 2018 in a team event and my first individual World Cup podium in 2020.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I have had a pretty fortunate path throughout my career, but it has definitely not been a smooth road at all. In the sport of snowboard cross, you can have lots of setbacks, whether that is crashes, injuries, bad luck at races, or even difficulties qualifying onto the national team – which is crucial in receiving the support you need to compete at the highest level. I have experienced all of these challenges, but am grateful for the challenges because bouncing back from those challenges is what has truly helped me develop as an athlete.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am currently chasing my success in snowboarding for as long as I can on the World Cup and Olympic level, but beyond snowboarding I am super passionate about my photography and anything involved in the outdoors. Right now I am in my main summer training block, and am also putting a heavy focus on growing the photography side of my career and enjoying what Colorado has to offer in the summertime.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
The most important lesson I have learned along my journey is that persistence over time is what brings true results. Staying consistent in the routine for success, and simply putting in the work will get you to where you want to be eventually. It can come down to making sure you always push for the final rep in each workout or repeating a maneuver or skill until you can’t get it wrong. Sometimes it is as simple as just showing up on the tough days when you don’t feel capable. If you put in the work and truly dedicate yourself to your craft and follow the steps, you will be successful.

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