Meet the 2017 Gold Rush Squad: Yuri and Mariah

Each week, gets to know two members of the 49ers Gold Rush. In this week's installment, we meet fourth-year member Yuri from Aichi, Japan and Mariah, a rookie member from San Bruno, Calif.

*What's something our fans would be surprised to learn about you? *


Yuri: I want to open my own dance studio in California. Not only dancing but teaching Japanese culture and language at the same time.

Mariah: Fans would be surprised to learn that I was in Beyoncé’s "Lemonade" music video in 2015.

*What is your dream job? *

Yuri: Being a part of Gold Rush is my dream job. I moved to the United States because of this and it is a dream come true!

How would you describe your style?

Mariah: I would describe my style in one word, bright! I like to think I'm a mix of Rihanna with a little of JLo. I love being extra with my style, being different. I also like getting dressy and I love heels.


Who is the most inspirational person in your life?

Yuri: My mom. She is my best friend and role model. She never misses my call, even if it’s 2am in Japan.

Mariah: My mom would have to be the most inspirational person in my life because she is the strongest woman I know. She's never given up even when everything was against her and for that I owe her the world.

*What is your biggest fear? *

Yuri: Sharks. I love to go to surfing in Santa Cruz but I’m always afraid of the sharks.

*What is your most embarrassing moment? *

Mariah: My most embarrassing moment happened when I was in the 4th grade. We were all at the lunch table and I was drinking chocolate milk. I laughed and all the milk came out my nose! Everybody started laughing, I ended up laughing at myself too.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about your favorite furry friends.

Yuri: I have a Chihuahua. He always loves looking great and tries to be sweet. He is super silly.

*What do you like most about being a member of the Gold Rush? *

Yuri: Continuing to grow as the woman I hope to become every day.

Mariah: I love the bonds and connections we have. Most people would assume that since there are 40 of us that we might not be that close, but we really are.

*What have you learned from being a member of the Gold Rush? *

Mariah: Since becoming a member of the Gold Rush, I've gotten to know so many different women and each one of them continue to inspire me.

**Yuri** **Mariah**
HOLIDAY New Years Day Thanksgiving
**MOVIE** The Martian Save the Last Dance
TV SHOW Hilarious So You Think You Can Dance
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