(Jackson, Wyo.) - If you could think of one resident to personify Jackson Hole, Crystal Wright would be that person. As a local native, ski racer, rodeo competitor and business owner, Wright embodies all things Jackson Hole. Her parents moved out to JH in the 1970's to become ski bums, and like many of us, never left. Wright was born and raised here. She would spend her summers on a ranch in Pinedale and her winters in Jackson skiing and going to school. At 8 years old, she began Alpine Ski Racing with the Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club. She competed in the downhill, Super G and Slalom races. That pretty much took over her life, in the winter months at least. During rodeo season, she took off her skis and hopped on a horse. She competed in barrel racing and breakaway roping. [image: Crystal_Wright_027.jpg] These two sports are common for Jackson Hole, but since they are both so time-consuming, it is uncommon for one person to compete in both. "It was interesting growing up because obviously rodeo people and ski people are very different. That was always hard especially in my teenage years because I didn't really fit in with either group. My rodeo people thought it was weird that I skied all the time, and the skiers thought I was weird and called me a hick," Wright laughed. Following high school, Wright chose to compete in both sports at Montana State University. "It was very time-consuming to juggle my studies, but it was awesome," she said. She graduated with a degree in health promotions and got certified as a personal trainer at about the same time. She began working at gyms in Montana and did a few internships at physical therapy clinics. Wright then decided to move back to Jackson and take her skiing in a different direction. "I really wanted to compete on the Freeskiing World Tour because I had been racing so long, I couldn't wait to test my skills in a different realm," said Wright. Just last month, Wright marked her 10th anniversary of competing in at least one stop per year on the Freeskiing World Tour. Between the training, competitions and traveling, Wright somehow found the time to start her own gym, Wright Training.
"I really love helping people," she said. "I work with people from young
kids 10 - 18 to try to get them strong to prevent injuries, then I have
clients all the way up to 70 years old to your regular Jackson person."
Today, she still juggles owning a business, competitive skiing in the
winter and competing in the local Jackson Hole Rodeo in the summer.
"I feel really lucky. I love our community and I feel a lot of love and
support in everything I do overall. Skiing and rodeo definitely developed
and changed who I was as a person," said Wright. "It sculpted me in a
*photos h/t Wright*