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Actor / EntertainerIamA actor who is in an M&M's commercial that has run every Halloween for the past 16 years. AMA!

Dec 6th 2017 by hwoodjamie • 22 Questions • 146 Points

In response to- https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/7gudz8/ama_request_a_bitcoin_millionaire/

My 5 Questions:

How much did you buy and when? - In total I got in price wise 200-600 each during 2012-2014 I bought around 320, of which nearly 100 was spent early on due to rough times and another 50 on a house down payment. Now I hold roughly 150+ (knew about it when it was only 10 sadly i did not buy and i also lost some hard drives)

What did you originally buy it for? - Average looks to be roughly 450 for my main buys however I have also bought during runups at 4k-6k and even 8k

How easy was it to turn that wealth into real cash? - Pretty easy one of the main exchanges Gemini proved very convenient and I was able to transfer nearly 200k to a bank which will be used for the down payment of my house.

Do you think the bubble is about to burst? - No I believe we are just getting started, Definitely going to keep riding I've made the mistake of spending and selling early on too many times and its been constant regret

How smug are you now? - Not too smug, I do like saying I could retire if I really wanted to though. Its been a very great feeling.

Proof - Would be able to send various crypto balances to Mods for proof. Sent a message towards /r/iama

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Do you get a decent amount of money everytime your commercial airs?

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Hi Jessie, big fan from Norway here!

  1. What’s your favorite interval workout?
  2. Do you have any rituals or routines to mentally prepare for a race?
  3. What do you think it will take to make cross-country skiing as big in the U.S. as it is over here?

Best of luck with your season and the Olympics!


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I really want to get into bitcoin and krypto currencies. Do you have any advice ?

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The first few years it was 'per use' as they say. Now I get what is called a 'buyout' which is a flat fee for the whole year (season). Because the other voices are Billy West and J.K. Simmons I'm in pretty good company so if I'm careful I can live off the one check for the whole year. I'm pretty lucky.


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Hi! I love long zone 3 workouts because it's a great chance to really improve my technique while going hard. So, something like 5 x 10 minutes zone 3 with 3-4 minutes rest in between each one. Before each race, I put sparkles on my cheeks to remind myself that I do this because I love to ski and that when I'm having fun, I race my fastest! I think we need a World Cup in the US to help fans connect with the sport, and now with so many athletes sharing their life on social media fans can really connect and follow their favorite athletes - which makes them want to see the races even more!

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My best advice is to read into the tech, how it works, how it started Check into this small little guide it gives a good introduction into the world! https://blockgeeks.com/guides/what-is-bitcoin/

Person I really respect is Andreas Antonopoulos and his introduction is great for getting into it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkxdys-Ek9U

As to holding some of your own, best course at the moment is to buy from an exchange or another individual, i personally like Gemini, afterwards I would move it out of an exchange into a hardware wallet. Keep-key and the Nano Ledger S are all very popular right now


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Wow. You can live off the residuals of one 30 second spot made 16 years ago? You have one hell of an agent!

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Other than racing, what's the best part of the Olympics?


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I graduate college in like 6 days and i'm taking a year off before attending professional school, and i'm really just wanting to do things I normally would say "oh that looks cool, maybe one day" and just do them. this being one of them, I only have a small amount of money ~2.5k usd, what is your best suggestions for me?

I read a lot of the other posts, thank you for doing this. I only recently became interested.

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Union. SAG. And yeah. I have a great agent. It helps that people really seem to like this spot and look forward to seeing it every year. It's all about numbers so they must sell candy when they run it.


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Walking into opening ceremonies! It's such an adrenaline rush - the lights, the cheering, the noise. For me, that's the moment I felt like I had finally made the Olympic team!

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2.5k is not at all a small amount of money as you are doing better than most Americans! If you are interested in investing/applying your savings I recommend either a top 10 crypto or a mutual fund/ strong company such as Wynn. This way you will have some of the most security (at least compared to alt coins/penny stock bets) in terms of your savings as losing that 2.5k would likely be very difficult.


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I like your commercial and your comments. What struck me was that you said you live off this check every year.

Just curious, but are you actively going after new paying work? It seems like once they replace the commercial your income stream will vanish.

16 years worth of compounded interest on a check like that (I'm assuming) could set you up pretty nicely if you were able to live off of new income.

Food for thought, but if you started at $0 and deposited $50,000 annually for the last 16 years at 8% APY you'd have $1,637,511

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Few questions

What's your favorite world cup venue (and why is it canmore)?

You always seem to have your music going on your Instagram, what's on your warmup playlist?

Would you rather fight 100 duck sized northugs or 1 northug sized duck?


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Well thanks! In comparison is more along the lines of what I meant, but so a top 10 crypto would likely be the highest risk/highest reward, over the mutual? I had plans to do about half and half, the part I'm not too familiar with is the crypto.

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Or I could have bought bitcoin. If I can pay my rent and buy my food and gas and stuff I'm happy. In this business you are always one audition away from a series. So that's where I reside in my mind. I'm always auditioning. Some years the M&M's money is a bonus, some years it's my lifesaver. It's feast or famine in this business.


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Haha I love Canmore because I have a lot of friends there and it's close(ish) to home! My warmup playlist involves a lot of upbeat pop like Taylor Swift, SIA and right now "Feel it Still" by Portugal the Man. And 100 duck sized Northugs would be hilarious.

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highest risk highest reward would be a random alt coin, top 10 crypto is relatively safe compared to other cryptos!


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Some dude spent I think 10000 bitcoins on 2 pizzas in 2010, so you just never know lol

http://www.businessinsider.com/bitcoin-pizza-day-passes-2000-20-million-2017-5

Edit: Also my next bar story will be that the guy from the M&Ms Halloween commercial replied to my comment on reddit. Puts me one degree closer to Kevin Bacon presumably, unless you've met him.

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which foods are easiest to process during an intense sprint?


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  1. How do you feel that some countries spend (lose) significant amounts of electricity to bitcoin?

  2. Have you ever looked into the global energy requirements that go to bitcoin? That's fossil, nuclear... all forms of energy. Personally I find it appalling, but in the end it's the people that opt to accumulate bitcoin.

  3. Is it therefore ethically worth it? Is it less bad than using traditional currencies?

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No but I did work with Kevin Spacey in Lost in Yonkers and yes, he hit on me the first day of rehearsal, but I was 24. Here is a photo. https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/7i02cg/me_danny_gerard_and_kevin_spacey_in_the_original/


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I eat cliff shot blocks - so, basically just simple sugar! I also like peanut butter banana sandwiches in between the qualifier and the heats.

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  1. Honestly electric expenditures are due to rising difficulties, say electricity became a problem, bitcoin could easily function with less mining related electricity expenditures, cost just follows capitalism! So if less people mined it (meaning less electricity) bitcoin would still be able to function (albeit possibly less or more decentralization as a result). I think of it as the same way people take other natural resources for example water, water is significantly tapped by random companies like nestle in order to generate profit, bitcoin mining is the same way if its profitable significant resources are gonna be spent on it. (Sorry if im repeating thoughts im typing this at 4am)

2) its exactly as you say its due to people seeking profits from bitcoin, there are no real energy "requirements" in order to keep bitcoin going and it can honestly be kept up to use by everyone just running some unused GPU if need be like back in the old days of 2009-2012.

3) It is worth it in my opinion as currency should have a real cost to acquire (otherwise we have the problem of too much printed "free" money) and it pressures groups/individuals/governments to also look into gathering free/reuseable energy in order to reduce cost of mining for those seeking to profit from bitcoin


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Do you give out M&Ms at parties?

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Should I put you on my fantasy team for Lillehammer? I need all the help I can get after a tough Ruka triple.


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Many countries have unfavourable views on Bitcoin. Some like India have called it illegal. Do you think that this can affect Bitcoin trade in near future?

Have you used Bitcoin to purchase something?

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I used to. At this stage all my friends are over it.


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Haha I always have to bet on myself!

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We've already had a lot of unfavorable views on Bitcoin and to be perfectly honest the legal landscape is changing with countries exploring what bitcoin is instead of just shunning it, India was actually looking into legalizing bitcoin previously until they changed their stance for whatever reason, my guess is that they would not understand how to tax it.

My solution to the how to tax problem is have bitcoin accounts and transaction histories (received from block chain) tied to a person's record (and only viewed by IRS/related entities) of course it wouldn't be able to view person to person transaction or new wallet creations but its at least an avenue that can be taken.

I have used bitcoin to purchase a lot of things! a laptop, gyft amazon cards (i think over the years i bought around 3-5k worth of gift cards possibly more), parts off new egg etc.


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Are you surprised that this commercial has endured for so long? How much life do you think it has in it? I mean, 3D animation looks quite bad and aged.

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Hi Jessie, I'm wondering who your #1 best underdog pick is for this weekend in Noah Hoffman fantasy?


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I feel like BTC has a lot of upside potential as well, especially with the free advertising that is Nasdaq BTC futures trading opening in the next month or two. I bought in very very recently because of this hunch.

That said, it's just a hunch. You say you feel it's, "Just the beginning" for Bitcoin. What news sources or other tools do you use to get a sense of Bitcoin's ongoing perceived value? I say "percevied" because it's so incredibly speculative, but that's not to say it doesn't have certain real utility (a store of value in hyper-inflated developing countries, for example). I'd love to see data on global new users in BTC exchanges month-over-month, international regulatory updates/efforts, news Re: companies and services accepting Bitcoin (and increasing its perceived legitimacy). Thank you.

Edit: Looks like some infant decided to go through the thread and blindly downvote every post. To that person I'd like to say: Everyone who ever loved you was wrong.

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I'm floored. The director was great. I have to give a lot of credit to the costume and makeup and hair dept, because the look I have in it still holds up as 'hip'. Just put a lot of product in your hair, blacken your eyes and it's timeless. LOL


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Honestly, the World Cup can change so much weekend to weekend! But my teammate Andy Newell just had a birthday today so he's feeling really happy and looks fast!

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Hello there!

I use various news outlets. articles off google,linkedin,etc. Along with that subreddits are a decent source though they can be a bit bias, I browse ethtrader as well for other crypto. The utility is real and I feel that it is just the beginning due to companies and governments not getting fully involved yet as when they do layers upon layers of additional implementation can be added on.

The fact that you can transfer millions of dollars anywhere in the world in relatively little time and bare minimum fees is insane. for example this little tx https://blockchain.info/tx/b9ec4fee1bd31647c9ee4d0eefa5d29dbef85bc81ce9d3de61a94a2c1ae547ce

As for new users I typically go by wallet creation you can check it out here https://blockchain.info/charts/my-wallet-n-users

As for increasing companies Nasdaq and CME are two that are prominent as of recent

https://www.wsj.com/articles/nasdaq-plans-to-launch-bitcoin-futures-in-first-half-2018-1511968313 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/01/cme-says-its-launching-bitcoin-futures-on-dec-18.html

Ill update more on this soon!


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Have you ever done any other commercials?

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Hi Jessie, race hard this winter! Do you feel at this point that you are equally competitive in both classic and skate? Will that factor into the choices you make about what races to focus on at the Olympics? Thanks for being a great rep for MN.


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Thank you.

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Lots. I was also on The X-Files. Here is a link to an old reel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otk4ldyIFh0


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Thanks! I'm always working to improve in both techniques, but I feel that my classic is slowly getting there! I'm focusing on the skate-heavy races at the Olympics simply because I love the team events so much and I feel that's the best way I can help my team.

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of course!


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Awesome man! X-Files!

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Hey Jessie! Big fan from Norway here! One of the most exiting races i've ever seen was the 10k in Falun 2015, congrats on the silver! Good luck this weekend at Lillehammer and in the Olympics! Anyways, my question is how is it for you to spend the entire winter every year here in Europe? Do you wish for eventually having more FIS races in USA?


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Are you a consistent user of the dark net? Is that how you got into it?

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That was a fun week.


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Thanks! It can be hard to be traveling the entire winter since I'm away from home and I miss my family. But, it's also really exciting to get the chance to see so many countries and meet so many new people! The best way to stay happy is to be with a team that has great chemistry. We are like a family and look out for each other! And yes, I would LOVE to have a WC in the USA!

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I got into the darkweb for a little bit due to initial curiosity a few years ago. Primarily through use of the Tor browser and VPNs though I do not dabble in it as of late!

I got into bitcoins through a different means, stumbled upon it during my stay at UNI.


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What's your favorite type of M&M?

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Hi Jessie. Big fan from Norway. Not very patriotic hahah, but you are the only CC skier i root for this Olympic Games. Wish you good luck under the games and may the odds be ever in your favor. Question : How supportive is the american community, and how big is the Cross Country skiing sport in the U.S ?

Btw: I want more dancing videos on IG!!


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Thanks for the reply. Would you say that all exchanges are equally well adapted at dealing with those kinds of volumes or should one stick to gemini for example?

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Every single type of M&M's is amazing. They are without a doubt the most delicious candy or food product ever invented. If i was forced to choose I would probably pick peanut. But those new crunchy ones are pretty amazing. It's hard to keep up.


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Thanks for being our fan! Skiing in the US isn't very big compared to other sports, but our fans are really passionate and awesome! So, I think we need to get a World Cup to the US to help grow the sport and continue the live streaming of World Cups so our fans can follow along!

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from dealing with another exchange coinbase, requires tremendous amounts of verification and time in order to properly deal with those kinds of volumes when dealing with their base website however their trading site GDAX generally is well adapted at dealing with those kinds of volumes.


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All hail corporate! But hey you have a good reason to blow the horn. Kudos!

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Which song(s) do you listen to on your Bose headphones/speaker to get amped up for your races?


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Where is the best place to buy and sell Bitcoin?

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You get it.


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I love anything with a good dance beat that's happy! Right now, "Feel it Still" by Portugal the Man and "The Greatest" by Sia make me really happy!

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If you prefer person to person, Local Bitcoins is always good however be aware of the premium. Your mileage may vary depending on individual.

Exchanges is currently the best way for the average individual to obtain bitcoin, I would recommend Gemini and either a Ledger/Keepkey (you can get these off amazon) for offline storage.


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How did you get cast for it?

I ask, because I have done a few TV commercials and a couple of episodes of a TV show, but would like to do more.

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I am food obsessed and dream about being a cross country skier so I can eat whatever I want. Really though, how many calories would you say you burn in your average training while skiing? Good luck.


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Do you currently hold any other Cryptocurrencies? Do you believe one will eventually surpass bitcoin? Lastly,(going to be bias question) thoughts on vertcoin?

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Agent submission to casting director. Union- SAG all legit.


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In a long training session, or intervals, I probably go through around 1600 calories. That's a lot of granola bars! :)

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Not too sure market is still in its infancy and yes i hold quite a bit of other coins, few that im looking at are(Decred Lisk Substratum Ethereum), in a few other longshots but those are recognizable! not too into vertcoin so don't know much about it yet!


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Right on. Not a member of SAG and just got 1099's.... and my agent sucked. :)

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Just saw your dog on your link. So cute! What kind of dog is it?


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How do you feel about Litecoin and Ethereum? I see both of those taking off over the course of the next two years because of both their investor appeal (similar to BTC) but also due to their functionality and how they're different from BTC

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Stay with it. Congrats on 1099.


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Leo is a French Brittany - and he's the cutest little guy!

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I love both and I am invested in both as well, Litecoin actually did really well percentage wise going from 4 dollars when I was into bitcoin to 100 as it is today. thats a 25x increase.

Ethereum I can see going far however there are some slight issues with the amount of Scam/quick money grab ICOS.

They all have different roles and I feel like the crypto sphere won't be dominated with just bitcoin but many cryptos all with specific niches and functions.


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Do you prefer the red or yellow M&M?

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Thoughts on Klæbos peculiar ski form of running on skis in the classic races?


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What other coins do you think are worth investing besides btc?

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Depends what I'm drinking.


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He's really, really good at it!

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That would be up to you to figure out! but I am personally invested in the following

BTC ETH LTC DECRED LISK SUB SIA RIP DASH

And a few others i cant remember off the top of my head


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You are a really talented actor. What was it like working side by side with Gillian and David? Holy hell.

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Hi Jessie! Big fan from Denmark here who wants to know if you hadn't become a cross country skier what would then have become? A dancer perhaps? =)


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James here. How much would you give me for fullmetalneedle?

/s (also not really James)

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Thank you. They were very professional and friendly. I really had to step up my game. Especially with Gillian. She doesn't mess around. She was incredibly prepared and generous. Duchovny was just a cool guy. Gary Shandling was hanging around with him on set the days I worked with him so that was really cool.


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Haha yes, I definitely would have wanted to become a dancer! I don't think I would have been good enough for that, but I always really enjoyed helping other people be active and get outdoors so I would have been involved in sports in one way or another.

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wine and dine me first and i'll think about it :)


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Awesome response. Thanks! This is a cool AMA. I hope more people see it.

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Good luck this winter Jessie! How do you explain the difference in performance/success between your team and the men’s ? Y’all are inspiring. Hopefully they’ll catch up!


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Bitcoin is just bitcoin. Dont sweet talk it. It has so many flaws compared to transfer time, security, fees etc.

Bitcoin is only big because so many big banks/investors started to speculate cause they knew buying into it would jack rhe price up. Then adter buyinf they went out and said to the public "oh look at this, its an amaizng investment, its going up up up etc." People are even talking about it hitting over 100k in like 1-2 years. Like wtf. I would never support such an outdated coin. There are lots of better coins out there.

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Thanks. I'm just a working actor in Hollywood. There are lots of us. It's a job that has some perks and status attached, but in the end it's just a job. I'm trying to answer the questions as best I can, from a redditor's perspective. As I watch Bel Air burn on local TV news.


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I think our men are training really hard and doing all the right things - but sometimes you see countries gain momentum one way or the other and it's just hard to explain! Some countries are much better at classic, for example, and some have a stronger women's program, but I've seen a lot of our younger athletes training and I'm confident that they're going in the right direction!

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In an overall package i believe bitcoin is the best due to the fact that there is constant development for such a huge project. Sure it has some flaws like transfer times fees and etc but the fact of the matter is its been doing good and fixes/solutions are being thought of on a daily basis whether its through forks or through commits its happening. I've been in the space for years now and in terms of infrastructure it has a considerable lead that other coins still will need to get towards


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Do you get M&M's for free?

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are there certain people you don't get along with, or are you forced to be close with everyone?


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What's the easiest way to bet on a bitcoin crash but still limit your risk?

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Everyone does on Halloween!


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I think that part of being a good teammate is knowing that you might not normally hang out with your teammates in regular life, but to be a good teammate is to have their back and look out for them, and to support them! So our goal is not to be best friends, but to be "best teammates" as that's an even more important thing.

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IMO Stop-Limits are a great way to minimize losses


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Which famous actor do you run into in commercial work consistently that most people wouldn't think does that many commercials? What is the strangest piece of direction you've received?

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Stillwater Nordic Alum here; being on the team with you and watching you race was such an awesome experience. Your legacy is part of the reason the Ponies are still thriving, and you can do so much more than compete!

In the future, after your competitive years, what do you see yourself doing for the good of the sport?


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which exchange would you recommend to try that in? are any of them looking sketchy recently that in the past looked trustworthy?

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First question IDK. Second question. I was asked to pick a bug out of my hair and eat it, once (pretend to, don't actually have lice). So I went very specific. I killed the (pretend) bug with a finger against my head, then rolled it out on a couple of hairs and chewed it with my front teeth. They loved it. Luckily it didn't make the final edit. Too graphic.


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Hey! So fun to hear from a Stillwater alum! I think after a few years I'd like to get into coaching at some level to help give back to the sport I love so much!

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I generally feel like all exchanges are sketchy but I recommend Gemini at the moment, they have not done me wrong so far


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What's your favorite cereal?

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What made you want to invest in bit coin? Were you ever afraid of getting burned? Congratulations on taking the leap op.

Also, what do you think of net neutrality?


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I like to bake granola - ginger molasses is my current favorite!

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I think curiosity and from genuine belief in the technology when I was reading up on it. Along with that regret for not getting into it when it was only $10 dollars and then seeing it rise up to $100. I did not want to miss out,

I was scared but generally really believed in what I was investing into so I just kept holding on to it, I did spend on occasion however.

Thank you! I am glad i took the leap its made my life as well as my families drastically better! My parents will be able to retire comfortably which was a huge concern for me for the past half decade.

I am definitely for the internet staying open and competitive as it is so far.


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Do you always train with a HR monitor? Do you think they're beneficial for non-professional level athletes?

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Is it possible nowadays for an average joe working full time at 10/hr to invest enough to make positive returns? Any advice? I have money in savings doing nothing so I figure why not

Note i know not too much about crypto, all i do know is i regret not looking into it sooner.


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I don't always use one - but I do use them often when I'm trying to achieve a specific goal, like if I'm trying to keep my heart rate low on long distance skis (especially if I've traveled to altitude!) or if I'm doing intervals and want to stay in a certain zone. I think they can be helpful for non-professional athletes if you're looking to try some new things in your training and want to see where you're at, but the most important thing is to have fun and pay attention to how your body is feeling!

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You would be able to make positive returns, in comparison I do stocks and the gains are around 0-25% roughly if bitcoin continues even half of what it is now your investment would be better than most other investment outlets out there. Though of course it will be a lot harder to hit millionaire status it would have a high chance of boosting your savings by a decent percentage


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Hey Jessie! I skied throughout high school, and am also from MN! I love watching you race and kick ass! It was awesome to hear that your favorite memory from high school racing was going up to Giants Ridge for 3 days since that was also my favorite memory from high school skiing (my team did the exact same thing haha).

Where was/is your favorite place to ski in Minnesota? In the world?

Is there a piece of advice someone or a coach gave you which really stuck with you?

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Hey. I want to use bitcoin mining, and mining of other cryptocurrency's to create a sustainable way to make money to support local schools and non profits focused in education. If you mine cryptocurrency, what machine do you use, and how should i get enough money to buy said machine?


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Hey that's awesome! Giants Ridge camp is so awesome. In Minnesota, I have a real soft spot for Giants Ridge, especially the silver course because of all the ups and downs and fun corners! In the world, I really love training in Seiser Alm, Italy because of the sun, amazing ski trails and great food. :) My coach said "nobody ever died of disappointment. You'll never regret giving it everything you have and not coming out on top, but you'll always regret not trying at all".

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I personally dont recommend mining bitcoin, other currencies may be more profitable but I generally avoid it since difficulty rises and consistent increases in mining technology make it not worth it at a increasing rate. If you are trying to get money i generally recommend the 5-10% rule, take 5-10% of your daily pay (like 5-10 bucks that you would have spent on something like starbucks.) and save up to use towards investments or savings. I advise against mining personally unless you can minimize costs to near 0 such as electricity


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Hello Jessie,

Have say I love your racing and attitude towards the sport and everything you do.

Norwegian skiers become "superstars" and seem to get whatever they want in life. What do you see yourself doing when the skiing career is over?

Thanks and good luck racing in Lillehammer- kill those decents :o)

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That would be the part I could not deal with. They put you in this hero position and if you help someone then you will get 100 people with even more heart breaking stories. Must get akward sometimes.


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I think all the skiers on the World Cup, no matter where they're from, have to work so hard to find success and achieve their goals. When I'm done skiing, I think I want to take some dance classes and take a mental break from the sport for a little bit! :) Then I'll go back to school and finish University.

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It definitely does which is why I avoid speaking out about my financial situation.


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Jessie! Hi! Who’s the funniest non-American/Canadian at the World Cup races?

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could u give me $10k? =*


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Haha that's a great question! I feel like a lot of the techs and coaches have a great sense of humor and are always joking around.

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No sorry if I do give away any money it will be towards charity or to close individuals in my life


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Jessie,

I've been doing the running/ biking/ skiing/ endurance sports for a while. Much too late in life am I realizing what it truly means to go hard on your hard days, easy on your easy days, and that a quality focused sessions is much more productive than simply grinding out the miles. You have a lot of athletic success starting at a fairly young age. Did you have any particular moment when you had a similar realization as to what quality training is? Are there any learning moments you can share on this topic?

Thanks, and have fun in Pyeonechang!

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I think it's great that you're able to listen to your body now and figure that out! For me, I had to learn to honestly listen to the signals my body was giving me (like if I wasn't recovered and shouldn't push through intervals) and then act on that. I think quality training is when you are able to feel good and focus on your technique and what you're doing - if you're really tired and it's hard to focus you might need to back it down a little bit! I also had coaches who made all the difference for me - reminding me that it's not about how much or how fast you train, but how fast you race that actually counts!


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Hi there, I am a cross country ski instructor and find that most of my clients are younger children and older adults (or teenagers in school group lessons). What do you think can be done to bring younger people into the sport? Other than cooler graphics on the skis :P

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Haha great graphics are pretty awesome, for sure! But I think playing games on skis really got me into it. I loved playing tag and soccer on skis and doing fun and silly relays with my friends when I was younger - it kept me having fun and also built a lot of skills! You could also set up a sort of challenge for them during practice, like goals of skiing a certain amount of kilometers, a new trail, or doing a scavenger hunt!


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How do you feel about the men's and women's USST having identical objective criteria for team selection when women's skiing has significantly less depth and higher FIS points? It seems unfair to name teams off of world cup points when some women's race don't even have 30 racers, while male skiers like Hoffman end up in 50th place with a lower percent back than the 3rd place women's racer? How do you feel about how female skiers' attractiveness affects their marketability?

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Hey Silent Sports, I think that selection criteria is up to the coaches - you're going to have to get our coaches on an AMA for this one ;)