16-year-old Australian skier Jade Hameister is the coolest teen. After a grueling 37-day trip through the Antarctic, she became the youngest person to complete the Polar Hat Trick, which includes traversing the North Pole, South Pole, and Greenland ice sheet. Not only that, she schooled her trolls in a way they will never forget.
A couple of years ago, Hameister gave a TEDx talk, explaining her journey towards the Polar Hat Trick and encouraging other young women to follow their dreams. And even though she had already skied to the North Pole at the time, her accomplishments didn’t stop trolls from bombarding her with sexist remarks. One of the most popular ones was “make me a sandwich.” And on January 13th this year, after her biggest life goal yet, Hameister did just that.
After the talk, Jade skied unassisted across the Greenland icecap in 2017, completing the second part of her hat trick. To reach the South Pole, she pulled a 220-pound sled for 373 miles across Antarctica.
There, she took a photo at the Ceremonial South Pole while holding a plate. “I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese),” Jade addressed the trolls. “Now ski <…> to the South Pole and you can eat it.”
“These past couple of years have been filled with crazy new experiences,” the explorer wrote. “Experiences that have transformed me and my soul. New pins on my map, new smells, new tastes, new friends, new cultures and a new mindset. I’ve pushed myself past what I once thought were my boundaries and challenged what other people once thought was possible for young women in particular.”