When Fasani first took her broken heart to the mountains, she didn't know exactly why she was doing it. "All I knew was that the mountains were where I felt the safest and calmest," she says. "I think it started because I was into gymnastics at the time, and it felt good to try something new. To be quite honest, at first it just felt like a good distraction for me. Looking back on it now, I can’t remember my mentality while I was in it, but it gave me a different connection to something that was fulfilling. As I kept growing as a snowboarder, I had a pretty spontaneous lifestyle. I think it just kept evolving into an outlet that was different. I kept wanting to create a new path that was just for me."
That path led to a booming career as a professional snowboarder, but it hasn't been without its difficulties. Fasani has dealt with every ache, pain, and tear in the book, including a broken pelvis. "My doctor, who is very like-minded, suggested I start looking at other career paths because he didn’t think I’d be able to come back to my profession," she says. "But the day I got out of my surgery, I asked when I could do a triathlon, and I think that sums up my mentality—you’re going to tell me I can’t? I’m going to work hard enough so I can."