Now that it is the official end to my first season in the US Telemark Ski Team, I’ve had some time to review and think about my past season and realize what my recent successes are due to.
Along with my sponsors, it is the people that surround me at each of these races that keep me going-drive me to do better. In particular, this year’s US Nationals, where I watched my team blow through gates with determination on their faces, launch themselves off jumps, fall and slide 20 feet down the hill, get up and hike back up to the gate. I watched my team skate with tears in their eyes until they collapsed in the finish. These are the same skiers that pushed me to the end. They drove me. As I watched team members not be able to finish-it made me want to finish more.
And so now at the end of the season, I have realized that it didn’t matter how hard I skied in my free time, how far I hurled myself off a jump or how much I could glide in each skate stroke: It mattered that I had the support of my friends, family, sponsors, team and everyone in the middle.
So I leave you with this… ‘Live to yell at the team, live to show that you care, live to make sure they’re pumped, live to jump the highest, yell the loudest, live to cheer them to the end.’