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Last ski season presented an extra challenge for me in the sense that I had to seriously fake it to make it. I knew I had a small window in which I needed to perform and I had to force my body into doing things it wasn’t ready to do. But I had to try. Unfortunately my efforts didn’t take me to Sochi, where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held and where I definitely wanted to be come February 2014, however it did take me to the remainder of the NorAm races and enable me to win the NorAm Overall Title. If you’ve been following my blog or have visited my website recently, none of this is news to you so I apologize for repeating myself, however there have been a lot of decisions and changes made in the realm of Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA) and I thought it might be helpful to explain a little more about it all.

 

If you’ve been to Alpine Canada’s website you might notice a few faces under ‘Athletes’ are missing. Mine included.  While some people have retired (Julia Roth, I’m going to miss you like CRAZY on the road!), others have been encouraged to follow their dreams via different avenues and even fewer have been given the opportunity to prove themselves by meeting or exceeding certain performance objectives outlined by ACA at intervals throughout the year in order to continue under ACA’s guidance. These latter athletes are known as ‘Invitees’ and I fall under that category.

 

Although I have a spot in every World Cup in the 2014/2015 season, I do not have a position on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team… not yet! I understand that sport is a business and, considering that, people make certain decisions with said business’ best financial interests in mind. I know I did not have a great season last year; I was continuously frustrated with my performance and my faith in my body’s ability, and struggled with my confidence as I ‘returned to snow’. But the field of sport is driven by performance, not efforts.

 

Not being named to the team may turn out to be one of the better things to happen to me at this point in my career. At least that’s how I feel about it right now. It re-lit the spark, so to say. It made me realize the changes I want to make from last season to this upcoming one; to prove to those who thought “She can’t” that “I will”! The last time I came into a season with a full summer of dry land and on-snow training I felt indestructible, confident, playful, and ready to rock the World Cup circuit. My on snow performance was consistent and fast! Right now I can’t wait to get back on the snow, dust off some rust, iron out some kinks and feel the wind on my face! I can’t wait to show myself what I am capable of, to push limits, to smile when I have good runs, to appreciate the opportunity to improve from bad runs, and to laugh when I have CRAZY runs!

 

That’s enough of ski talk. I’ve been in Calgary training at the new amazeballs WinSport facility located that the Canada Olympic Park, getting all fit and stuff and having a good time living life out west. I’ll update you on some of those adventures, and recap on my trip to Thailand in the very near future. Stay posted for some sweet pics too!

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