Town: Lake Placid, New York
Quote: “Choose to do more than just exist; choose to live.” – Steve Maraboli
About Hannah: My name is Hannah Doan and I have a little black dress. You know, that one that fits you just right. It makes you feel powerful, strong, and just a little bit sassy. Mine fits a 5’10 frame and let’s just say no one would ever call it little. I’ve had it for years and it’s taken me from the rolling hills of the Poconos in Pennsylvania to the jagged peaks of the Wasatch in Utah. Right now, in Lake Placid, it’s a stylish blend of Gore-Tex, down and polypro. When I’m wearing my LBD, I’m the best version of myself. I’m more confident, braver, and wittier. My jokes are funnier (alright, maybe that’s not true), but my smile is wider and the twinkle in my eye is a little brighter.
I fell in love with skiing when I was two years old and have never looked back. I started racing when I was seven. I discovered halfpipe at fifteen. I won Junior Olympics at seventeen and competed in my first World Cup at nineteen. Like my LBD, I’ve never fit the “norm” of expectations and, together, we got wrinkled, sweaty, and sometimes torn.
Then it happened. With one pop of the knee, I went from a life of spending six days a week on snow to barely being able to manage six days a month. Soon after, I was told my days of competing were behind me. So, for a while, the dress stayed in the closet. But, with some great physical therapists, I was able to put my skis back on.
Even so, I felt aimless. As an effort to stay connected to the world I loved, I reached out to a former coach in Park City who offered me a job as one. When I showed up, day one, he flagged me down and said, “This is your group.” I turned and saw eight 10-year old girls, all in neon colors, making snow angels and laughing hysterically.
The camaraderie of the girls surprised me. And, quite honestly, made me a little jealous. Having been “the girl who skis” for most of my life, the reality of these girls, who were growing up with other girls who shared their passions, was incredible. So much so, that I’m now in my 6th year of coaching.
Being with those girls, and watching them grow, made me realize how powerful and important it is for girls to have a group of their peers. As a freestyle skier, it took until I was an adult to have a peer group of women who also had “little black dresses” and shared a passion for my sport and the outdoors. This is why I want to be a part of SheJumps.
There are so many of us. So many ladies looking for their fellow snow-chasing, mountain climbing, little black dress wearing, fab females. And to that I say (in the words of the great 90’s lady group 702) “Where my girls at?”