On the ropes or on the slopes
SUMMIT COUNTY – Like many Summit County residents, Sara Deitz can be found on the slopes whenever she has a spare moment. Unlike just about every Summit County resident, however, Deitz can also be found on the ropes – in a boxing ring, that is.
Deitz, who moved to Summit County one year ago, works in her off time as a ring girl for amateur and professional boxing matches.
“I got started as a ring girl when I lived in Fort Collins,” Deitz said. “They have an amateur fight night every once in a while, and I entered one of their ring girl contests. I won, and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
A ring girl walks across the ring during breaks in the action, carrying a sign that lets fans know what round is next.
“The first time you come out, you’re wearing an evening gown,” Deitz said. “Then, the next time it might be in a short skirt. Finally you come out in a bikini. It’s a lot of fun.”
Deitz also works professional fights, and last year, she appeared in a ring girl calendar.
“You get great seats, free drinks and you get paid to be there,” she said. “What could be better than that? And the calendar had all the regular guys that come to the fights lining up to get my signature. I never thought anybody would want to do that.”
Deitz, a native of the big island of Hawaii, moved to Colorado four years ago after her mother relocated to Fort Collins. But, after spending three years on the Front Range, she decided it was time to head to the mountains.
“Basically I moved to Summit County so I could get better at snowboarding,” she said. “I saw a show on snowboarding on television and it looked a lot more fun than snowshoeing. It looked a lot like surfing.”
However, Deitz said, back in Hawaii, she wasn’t much of surfer.
“I only went surfing once, and I ended up with my face in the sand and a bloody nose,” she said. ” I liked bodyboarding better.”
Bodyboarding, Deitz said, also came with risks.
“The only problem with sports like surfing or bodyboarding is that at the best spots in Hawaii, the reefs are only a few inches under the waves,” she said. “You can get into trouble in a matter of seconds.”
Because of her busy schedule, Deitz said, she has had little time to pursue snowboarding. Along with being a ring girl she also stages promotions for Barcardi Rum at local bars, and she is a full-time hairstylist at Cost Cutters in Dillon.
“I’ve gotten better, though,” she said. “When I first moved to Summit County, I went snowboarding and there was a Vail snowboarding instructor in the lift line behind me. He offered to teach me.
“He was the nicest guy,” she continued. “He spent the entire day with me even though I told him I didn’t have any money, and I have a boyfriend. In the end, I bought him lunch and a beer, and he gave me a full-day lesson. I even offered him a free haircut, but he never took me up on it.”
Deitz said that her timely meeting with the instructor illustrates just what she likes best about living in Summit County.
“The nicest people live here,” she said. “I’d normally do something like that for other people, but I didn’t think anybody else would. People are so willing to help you out or give you advice.”
Another thing Deitz likes about living in Summit County is the picture-postcard beauty of the area.
“Before I moved to Colorado I never lived anywhere it snowed,” she said. “I’ve eaten at the top of Keystone and Vail and I’ve been on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Living in the mountains is like living in a storybook.”
Eventually, Deitz would like to explore and participate in everything she can experience in the High Country.
“I’d like to go hiking and whitewater rafting,” she said. “I like to go mountain biking, and I always like to shop.”
There is one thing, however, Deitz hates about living in the mountains.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter,” she said, “There are always rocks hitting my windshield. I just bought a new car, and when they hit, it drives me crazy.”
Deitz said she doesn’t know how long she’ll stay in Summit County, but right now, she’s happy where she is.
“Every once in a while, I’ll drive to Edwards and look for my dream house,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll end up in Vail or if I’ll stay here. What I’d like to do, however, is open my own salon. It doesn’t matter where it’s at. I just see myself as a salon owner some day.”
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