Travis Gerrits

Canadian Olympian | Global Adventures | Stanford Certified Project Manager

Top 3 Lifestyle Questions I Get In An Interview

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The 3 most common lifestyle questions I get during interviews, biographies and from fans, that I find strange; maybe because they don’t have anything thing to do with my triple backflips.

This is my lifestyle

1. Do you have any superstitions?

No I do not.

I believe in following a routine that will optimize my performance while still keeping flexibility for the variables that could happen. This way, my ability to adapt to different situations will keep me well rounded and prepared in the face of adversity.

2. A) What’s on your iPod?

I never really have the answer to this question. What I listen to changes from day to day and country to country! I spend 6 months of the year in Quebec and have become bilingual, so I often just listen to the radio. Even when I do listen to music from my phone I usually just use the app 8tracks which hooks me up with preset playlists where I can easily discover new music and have it fit for whatever I’m in the mood to listen to at that moment (indie, rock, classical, reggae, whatever!!!).

B) Another question I always get after this one is; do I use music when I jump or compete? The answer to that one is sometimes. I am in a sport that is 80% mental (not just because triple backflips are MENTAL!) and controlling what we call your ‘activation level’ is super important. Everyone knows how much music can influence your mood and I personally compete best when I am moderate-highly activated which means – I’m pumped but still have control over myself. If I were to listen to some crazy electronic music right before I jumped, well I would be over activated and not have enough attention to detail in my jumps. On the other end of the spectrum, if I were to listen to a soundtrack you would hear at the spa, I would be half asleep with my face buried in my ski jacket on the side of the hill.

3. What do you pack in your carry-on?

For those who may not know what a carry-on is, it is the bag that I take with me on the airplane travelling from country to country.

Funny enough, the craziest thing I have ever packed with me on the plane was my Playstation. On a flight from YYZ (Toronto) to British Columbia I thought I would bring my gaming console on board with a pocket size projector so that I could play vids on the headrest of the gentleman in front of me.

Now-a-days I just pack the essentials. A fresh start to my travel day courtesy of MyPackage, my personalized iPad, a journal, a good book and of course

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