Ashley Caldwell: Loudoun County, Virginia
Ashley Caldwell, USA Olympic Skier
Loudoun County, Virginia United States

Ashley Caldwell, 28, in a move that reflects upon her childhood in Loudoun County, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C., plans to take on Beijing in her fourth Winter Olympics. Caldwell is one of the most successful women in U.S. aerials history. Her jump with four twists and three flips is close to impossible for most women, but Caldwell is only one of a handful of freestylers in the world who could do it. Ashley is the sole American with such a jump in her repertoire and additionally one of only a few female aerialists who can land a triple somersault. These moves are part of her goal to close the traditional gap between female and male aerials and harkens to her three-time win as a teen in the local Punt, Pass & Kick football contest. Even today Caldwell admits she throws a mean spiral. That's one of the reasons Loudoun County is a favorite place. It reminds the athlete that shes always been willing to not only take on the boys, but win. 

This Questionnaire was first published in February 2014.

Questionnaire
1
What is your favorite word to describe Loudoun County?

Picturesque.

2
What word best reflects the people of Loudoun County?

Enthusiastic.

3
What is the most creative, spiritual or emotional place in Loudoun County?
4
What is your favorite outdoor activity in Loudoun County?

Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

5
What is your favorite indoor activity in Loudoun County?

Going to Apex Gymnastics for Open Gym (where Ashley trained to become a former Level 9 gymnast).

6
What is your favorite sound or noise in Loudoun County?

Silence in the woods--there was a creek behind my house that I would explore all the time.

7
What is your favorite smell or taste in Loudoun County?

Whatever they are making at Magnolias at the Mill

8
What drink best reflects Loudoun County?

Mom would say wine. There are a bunch of wineries in the area, and I went to several wine festivals as a kid. 

9
What song or type of music best reflects Loudoun County?

Country, even though it's not my favorite type of music. Country music was definitely the most popular growing up amongst my friends.

10
If Heaven were Loudoun County, what would God say to a visitor when they arrive at the Pearly Gates?

I don't know if I have a good answer for this, but: Welcome!

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