FISE CHENGDU 2018 : 21 Questions with Nina Buitrago

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:19
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Copyright : Nina Buitrago
 
She has been one of the top women’s BMX for the past decade, with some saying she is the most influential female BMX rider in the world today. But did you know she has also appeared in blockbuster movies and can’t say no to pizza? 
 
In the first of our latest blog series ‘21 Questions with…’ we caught up with Nina to find out more about the woman behind the bike.  
 
Favourite place to ride?   
Colorado in general, but I love the Frisco Bike Park. 
 
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?   
Healing 
 
Greatest achievement?  
It’s hard to choose from so many rad things; like getting to have a cameo in a Vin Diesel movie XXX: Return of Xander Cage, becoming a video game character in Pumped BMX 3, finishing college, surviving , still riding BMX after all of my injuries, getting elected by BMX to represent them at the UCI as BMX rolls towards the Olympics. There’s so many to choose from! 
 
Favourite sound?  
The ocean. 
 
Biggest fear?  
Leaving the stove on.  
 
Favourite word?   
Love, in any language is beautiful . 
 
Your karaoke song? 
I got tricked into singing La Bamba once, I’m good at being the one behind the mic from now on. But really, no thanks! 
 
One food you could never give up?  
Pizza! I’ll go great lengths to make a healthy pizza if I’m craving one.  
 
Naughtiest thing you did as a kid?  
I threw house parties while mom was out of town.   
 
Biggest inspiration?  
My parents.  
 
First app you check on your phone in the morning?  
Weather.   
 
Who is the most famous person in your phone contacts?   
Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Anderson or “Big Island Mike”.  
 
What is your spirit animal?  
“Waylon” - the cat at Empire BMX shop. 
 
First celebrity crush?  
Johnny Depp. 
 
Worst injury you’ve ever had?  
Broken Jaw. 
 
Favourite sport other than the one you compete in?  
To do, Mountain Biking. To watch, basketball .They are both high on my list.  
 
Fill the blank. Taylor Swift is ________.  
A bad ass, protested and got Apple to pay artists whenever they first started Apple Music. 
 
Surf or snowboard?  
Surf.   
 
If you could travel back in time, what period would you go to?  
The 1970s. 
 
Place in the world you most want to travel to?  
Canberra, Australia.  
 
Favourite BMX trick?  
To watch, the Cannonball. To do, “nothing”. 
 
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