Dear Failure, Thank You.

Dear Failure, Thank you. Thank you, failure, for giving me the opportunity to truly find my potential. Thank you for exposing me to my most vulnerable side, so that I could make it stronger.  Thank you for breaking me down so I could build myself up. Thanks for providing that different angle of light which makes ordinary things seem special and more beautiful, like the […]

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Strike A Balance

Life is all about balance.  In the sport of halfpipe skiing, quite literally, balance is the key to success. Finding center on my skis not only makes what I intend to do possible, it allows me to carry my speed and momentum through crushing G-forces allowing me to explode out of the top of the halfpipe with efficiency, going as big as possible.  Balance is […]

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Dare To Lead

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at the Dare 2 Lead Conference at Murray High School in Salt Lake City.  Dare 2 Lead is a state-wide leadership conference serving Utah’s High School students aimed toward empowering students to become a force for good in their schools and in the world. Each High School nominated 2 students to attend the conference. Below is my speech minus the part […]

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Afloat

I sit at the end of a row of cold plastic seats, high backs, thin metal arms, keeping me upright as I await the SeaBus to take me across the Harbour. The sky is grey and overcast, frigid moisture hangs in the air like a weight trying to suppress one’s will.  But such heaviness cannot dampen me.  I have found an ease and flow in life […]

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My Road to Sochi

  Over the last two years following an injury to my right knee I have been patient, strategic and optimistic as I continued to pursue my dream of making the inaugural U.S Olympic Team for halfpipe skiing.  In 2011 I got to see an 8 year long dream of mine come to fruition: our sport was accepted into the Olympics and would make its debut […]

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