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? * <table width="310" border="0" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="5" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td>

</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">


</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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. <table width="310" border="0" cellspacing="5" cellpadding="5" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td>

</td> </tr> <tr> <td>


</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> 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.

<table style="height: 260px;" width="588" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td colspan="3" style="color: #aa0000; text-align: center;">GOLD RUSH FAVORITES</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;" width="88"></td> <td style="text-align: center;" width="250">Yuri</td> <td style="text-align: center;" width="250">Mariah</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">HOLIDAY</td> <td style="text-align: center;">New Years Day</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Thanksgiving</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">PHONE APP</td> <td style="text-align: center;">SNOW</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Tidal</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">MOVIE</td> <td style="text-align: center;">The Martian</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Save the Last Dance</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">TV SHOW</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Hilarious</td> <td style="text-align: center;">So You Think You Can Dance</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.