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The Builder's Journey

May 10, 2021

Tess Johnson made the U.S. Ski Team at the age of 14 and was the youngest person, male or female, ever at the time to do so.  She’s competed in Japan, Siberia, Finland (right outside the Arctic’s circle), Calgary, Quebec, Utah, Sweden, Kazakhstan, and Switzerland, just to name a few. This past season, Tess was part of the first USA Dual Moguls Podium Sweep on home soil in Deer Valley, Utah where she finished 3rd overall and beat Perrine Laffont (Overall Globe Winner for 4 years in a row) in a head to head competition and is currently training for the 2022 Olympics next year in Beijing. Her boyfriend and U.S. Ski Team member, Jesse Andringa, sit down with Alex and share what it’s really like to compete in the Olympics and live life to the fullest!  


In this episode, Alex, Tess and Jesse talk about…

  • Tess and Jesse’s mogul skiing accomplishments 
  • Jesse’s YouTube channel inspiration 
  • Tess’ trampoline and water training experiences to qualify jumps for snow skiing
  • Tess and Jesse’s first inversion experiences
  • A choice of inspirational movies
  • Tess’ role with GirlPowHER and YouthPower365
  • The importance of mental readiness 
  • Tess and Jesse’s mentors and coaches
  • Pre-competition routines and mental awareness for performance
  • Pod Decks Question Round
  • Qualities of strong leaders
  • Shout out to sponsors 


Links to resources:


Tess Johnson

Jesse Andringa

Happy Healthy Brain Foundation 


Tess Johnson in Deere Valley 


American freestyle mogul skier Tess Johnson SnowMotion Chairlift Interview 


The Andringa Show (Casey & Jesse Youtube) 

What Jesse’s Reading Now: Ken Follett Historical Fiction 


Youth Power 365 – Girl PowHER


What Tess is reading: “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover 


Sports writer William Oscar Johnson (Tess’s Grandfather) 


“Tess Johnson’s Rise to the Olympic Team at 17 Is a Story Her Grandfather Would Have Written” By Tim Layden 

U.S. Ski Team Member’s - Tess Johnson & Jesse Andringa would like to thank their sponsors!
The Inn at Riverwalk 

Youth Power 365 – Girl PowHER

I.D. One USA 

Pret Helmets 

Oakley Goggles 

Bliz Goggles & Helmets
I.D. One USA


Pod Decks "Never podcast without them"!  Alex Mintling - World Famous Podcaster


National Suicide Prevent-ion Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255

Eagle County Hopeline 970-306-4673


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


Travis Brown & Team


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