Luge athlete Arianne competed for Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and won a World Cup gold medal after recovering from a serious injury.
She offers two Airbnb Olympian Experiences in which she shares her favourite recipes, nutritional insights and the key lessons learned from the Games.
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I want to give some clarity and information in an empowering and positive way, and being an Airbnb Olympian & Paralympian Experiences host is a brilliant way to do that.
Becoming an Airbnb Olympian Experiences host has offered a unique way of getting to hear other people’s stories and share my own. It’s a great way to build your personal brand, and it also brings in some supplementary income.
I love being able to share my stories and inspire, taking the skills I learned from my interest in nutrition, and matching them with my Olympic experiences and everything I overcame throughout my career.
Where it all began
I broke my back in 2015, and I had to do a 180 on my life; how I trained, how I thought, how I recovered, how I ate. I took that really seriously because it was very scary, and I had no idea if I would be able to come back to my sport. I overhauled my nutrition and it totally changed my life. I felt incredible; my mood was more balanced, I had more energy and my body felt better. It was such a key puzzle piece in my healing journey, and eight months later I ended up winning my first World Cup gold medal.
It made me super passionate about sharing my experiences, because I want everybody to be able to feel the best version of themselves. For some people that’s winning a gold medal, and for others that’s being energised and your best self every day. Nutrition is such a key part of that, but there’s just a big lack of knowledge, which is an exciting space for me because it can make such a difference. I want to give some clarity and information in an empowering and positive way, and being an Airbnb Olympian & Paralympian Experiences host is a brilliant way to do that.
Hosting a global kitchen party
I host two Airbnb Olympian Experiences, both of which are based on sharing my recipes. I’ve had some unique experiences with individuals or groups around the world which has been really fun. I love that food nourishes my body but also has the potential to nourish my soul. You come together with people around food, around the table, and tell stories and share memories. I get to have a kind of global kitchen party where I get invited into people’s kitchens – and they get invited into mine – working with people from around the world without having to travel.
Cheesecake with a side of Olympic value
In my ‘treat yourself’ experience, we make a vegan cheesecake, which is super tasty. We start off by making the recipe, then we talk about the ‘why’ behind the ingredients: what’s the difference between whole-food sugar and refined sugar, and why that matters. Then we have a competition decorating the cakes – some people’s cakes turn out perfect, and others are a bit of a disaster, and that’s what makes it fun. I share some fun tips and tricks along the way.
After that I take my chef hat off and put my Olympian hat on, exploring a bit about how I pivoted from professional luger to nutritionist. With cooking you get to learn something and take away a skill – and something delicious! But at the same time, I weave in my story of how I got involved in nutrition, how it impacts my life and how it can impact your life.
We also discuss overcoming breaking my back and dealing with chronic illness. All of these failures and pain that you as an athlete will have first-hand experience of, that’s a global language which you can share with people. I find people relate to my stories and are inspired by them.
As one reviewer said: ‘This is so much more than a cooking class! Arianne’s experience is a combination of storytelling, food, and a little bit of learning. I walked away with a better understanding of certain ingredients and how they impact the body, as well as feeling more confident in my baking skills’.
Building a brand
I think being a host is a great way to share your story and build your personal brand. The best thing is that you can take on experiences whenever you want. The internet makes that possible, and I think that’s great way for athletes to build your brand, build a little income and potentially discover other opportunities.
For example, some of the people I’ve done experiences for host successful podcasts, and after hearing a bit of my story have invited me onto them, which has been a really authentic media segue. Furthermore, one of my favourite parts of being an Airbnb Experiences host has been working with business teams. Airbnb has opened an experience page specifically for corporate teams, and that’s a really big focus for me because it’s something I’m really passionate about.
This is so much more than a cooking class! Arianne’s experience is a combination of storytelling, food, and a little bit of learning.