Lately I have been trying to notice everyday people who live with passion in their lives. Since I have been spending a lot of time in Blackcomb’s park I have had the chance to meet up with new riders who are truly locals.
First, I met Martin; he is from
Argentina and an instructor for the resort. He packs in whole days where breaks are seldom. Next I met JP, fully educated and trying to make a career in Whistler in the fitness industry. He also is on the mountain every day he can be with big smiles, taking full advantage of his pass.
It is clear to me that snowboarding is their world. It’s what they dream of day and night, where goals are not necessarily to be a pro, but to learn, practice, and improve. Snowboarding is their passion and I was excited to see them expressing it. The past couple of days have had a lot of great times.
All this makes me think of the passion of other athletes, not just snowboarders. With 76 days left until the start of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, I can almost feel the excitement building across the country, and I too want to get involved.
I decided to choose an athlete to follow to and though the Games, this will give me an inside feel to the big event from a participant’s point of view at the Summer Games.
I have a connection to a few athletes who are potential or are going to the Games already but none who’s sport can be related to snowboarding. That is until I remembered my Pilates trainer, Fanny at Health Movement, also trained a trampoline athlete, Rosie MacLennan. Trampoline would be perfect as it is several acrobatic movements in a row and it’s judged. I definitely felt there is a connection.
I contacted Rosie and she is thinking about it now. I am excited to connect with another athlete whose passion is pushing them towards perfection and greatness. There must be many similarities in our journeys to the Games. This also gives me the change to help promote the interest of our Olympic team, so we are all active in supporting them.
Until I get a response, it’s back up to Blackcomb to practice my own craft. My own qualifying for
Sochi starts August 25th at Cardrona resort in New Zealand, and I am going to be ready to bring it!
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