As the ski racing season comes to an end, the cycling season starts picking up. Up early every morning training and cycling. The back trails of Alaska and sheer beauty remind me why this untamed wilderness has such majesty. Why I spend so many days outdoors and why I love it when I return.
As I take time off from skiing I am reminded that it’s the little moments that keep me going and the memories from a home sweet home. A place I belong, the summer weeks are filled with motivational speeches and events at schools where I show up and cycle with kids and pass out reflectors. All to support health and a future generation. Could not be more blessed.
1.6 million dollars raised and a great time at an amazing event. SkiTam, one of the largest cable industry events is in the books, which makes for another successful year raising funds for the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Could not be more excited to be sponsored by such a great team #Netcracker and have so many supporters that truly care for the athletic success of adaptive athletes.
Fast Enough for Gold
;-) good days
Owen Anketell the future of the sport. This was his first race and hes going big.
Selfie at the top of the race course with my bud
Good Enough for Gold
After World Championships everything has relaxed and been very chill. The end of the season is always a chance to get to focus on the little things and what to enjoy instead of just ski racing. Focusing on being the best of my ability 24/7 is what keeps my going. But a chance to get to go races at the end of the season with no pressure and just a focus on fun. Is what keeps me alive. Life is truly an adventure.
After racing world champs in Panorama Canada, we had a week off and just enough time to prep for US nationals. Entering nationals we felt at ease making racing a lot easier. Remember the fun of it and stopping to smell the roses, reminding us why we do what we do. Ski race. While at Nationals in Loon Mountain I had the opportunity to meet a bunch of amazing people and even teach some new young athletes with extremely bright futures. Owen Anketell being one of them, a future adaptive athlete that will soon be dominating the circuit. Had his first races, at loon mountain, though I threw down a few gold medals and Owen was well behind. But he did something that impressed me completely. Kept a positive attitude and knew that he had nothing but time to get better. In the scene of ski racing, just like life the way I see things are very individual. We all understand things differently, but taking a moment and learning from everything you get a chance to. Will if not make you better make you understand that moment better. To handle it a bit differently next time. That’s the sportsmanship and attitude of a champion.
Now that US Nationals is over and I managed a few gold medals. Before our big fundraiser called SkiTam at the end of the season in Vail Colorado. I’m going to take some time and explore. After all life’s an adventure isn’t it!? From Loon MTN New Hampshire to Vermont and New York. Maybe even Canada! I’m a feather on the wind for a week of freedom. I’ll see where life takes me.
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After skiing World Championships in Panorama Canada. The US Adaptive Team found our way over to RevelStoke Mountain in British Columbia for some awesome free skiing and loads of fun! Thank you to all who help to make our race season possible! @NetCrackerTechnologies @DeltaConstructors and the High Fives Foundation!
Posted in Life and travel, SKiing
Tagged adaptive, adventure, athlete, blackdiamond, Canada, Delta, disabled, Freeskiing, Gondola, HighFivesFoundation, NetCracker, powder, revelstoke, Skiing, Snow, snowboarding
The last two weeks have been an adventure to say the least! After breaking my femur, being back on snow was a bit nerve racking. Doing so well at the national race helped give me some perspective on the little things. How some things in life, though serious at times need to still be fun and simple. Sometimes taking a step back and setting a perspective is all that is needed, a deep breath and a calm perspective. Often times things can be easily over thought. These are all lessons I have learned in the last few weeks, and I’m happy that I have had a chance to see the world this way. Pressure helped me to see what I was missing and what I need to do. That pressure was added at World Championships in Panorama Canada, where I had so much fun! Made some great friends! But above all, learned. I entered World Championships with a calm perspective and a goal on what I wanted to do. I wanted to finish, I wanted to be technical and ski smart. Not fast. But smart. In a very calm manner. And I succeeded, top 6 in downhill and a bronze medal in the SuperG is by far more than I could ever imagine. All I makes me want to do is thank everyone that helped to get me here, all the emotional support and kindness. Everyone that stood behind me and sponsored or helped me out when I was down and out, broken and bruised, helped fuel me. Thank you. #NetCracker #DeltaConstructors
After these life lessons I had an amazing opportunity to ski a brilliant resort! Revelstoke Mtn with a great team! Video to come!
This last week Aspen Hosted the U.S. Speed Nationals at Tiehack Mtn on the back side of buttermilk. With a good showing of local US athletes and competitors with even a few from New Zealand and Australia. Though the competition wasn’t fierce it gave the chance of local athletes to gauge themselves and crown a National Champion. I was nervous entering these races, after breaking my femur 7 weeks earlier and only being back on snow 10 days before the competition started. A finish would’ve brightened my day and a podium, my week. But at the end of these races I look back on a memory I will keep forever and lessons learned for the rest of my career. I managed 3 golds and 2 silver medals in my debut back only losing to a New Zealander Corey Peters by 11 hundredths of a second. I managed to hold on to my National speed title and I learned a lot about myself and my racing. The thing that touched my heart was that I was able to win a belt bucket for overall racer. It’s not an ordinary belt buckle, but a buckle representing these races. Races that are hosted for my old coach and friend, Sean Ramsden, who passed away late last year. A great coach and a great memory. The most punching thing though, is that I’ll be able to say. I won the first ever buckle at the first ever Sean Ramsden memorial.
Tagged adaptive, aspen, broken bones, buttermilk, Colorado, inspiring, memorial, Racing, skier, Skiing, snowboarder, tiehack, X-Games
While at the gym today. A man walked up to me and started up a conversation. Telling me how he wanted to do a random act of kindness. He saw me working hard and said it wouldn’t be wasted. Dan Soderburg of ABCD Soderburg in Aspen just became my new sponsor. Out of nowhere, when I needed it because of my hospital bills. Just because he felt the need to do a random act of kindness. This touched my heart. Their are still amazing and kind people out there, I have the fortune In my life of meeting so many. I feel it’s because I also try my hardest to be a kind and caring individual. My challenge for you is to “pay it forward” choose to do one random act of kindness for someone. Step out of your comfort zone, be brave and be giving. Even if it’s just once. You could make a difference like Dan made for me. I have faith you, might even keep it going.
My teammate on the National TeamUSA for adaptive Alpine Skiing managed a GOLD and a SILVER in World Cup Finals in St Moritz Switzerland earlier this week. And I had to honor him with awesome picture. Taken in a place i wish I could been.