Reaching a mountain summit on skis isn't easy and there's power in the last steps before you reach it. You get a second wind and once you reach the summit, you feel complete satisfaction. The rush of the summit makes the journey worth it. All the hard work and motion forward to reach the summit brings with it a state of gratitude and thankfulness. You're reminded that difficult times (the climb) won't last forever. You're reminded that you can arrive at any summit, over any mountain by simply moving forward six inches at time.
Let me set the stage. Henrik was in first place at X Games Big Air competition. As he walks up to do his final jump, he gets a pep talk from Tanner Hall (7-Time X Games Gold Medalist). Tanner understands Henrik talents and skills. The exchange between Tanner and Henrik was recorded behind the scenes on a GoPro and is inspiring to watch.
Behind each successful athlete is a great coach. These coaches train, guide, and inspire each athlete to achieve strong performance and individual greatness. As a former competitive freestyle athlete, my coaches played a huge part to my success on and off the ski hill. This blog post covers five principles coaches use to help their athletes achieve success.
About a month ago, my friend Alec was in a bad mountain bike accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Everyday I read updates on Facebook from his wife Emily and brother Eric. Their messages are of love, hope, faith, and courage. They inspire me to stay focused on the important things of life and to never take a day for granted. Each day prayers are answered and little miracles occur for Alec. It strengthens my resolve to do better in life and look for ways to be strong like Alec.
Mogul skiing has taught me so many valuable life lessons. And even though it's been 12 years since I've retired from competitive mogul skiing, I reflect back on the positive impact it's had on my life. A sport that not only makes you a strong skier, but a better person. Here are five life lessons mogul skiing has taught me.
I have spent my whole life exploring the trails, chutes, and peaks of the Snowbird Ski Resort. Snowbird is located up Little Cottonwood Canyon in the heart of the Wasatch mountains. Just off Snowbird's beaten path is one of my favorite gems—the summit hike to Mount Baldy. There is power in seeing life from a different perspective. Many times you have to position your life from a new angle, a different perspective.