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canada goose black friday sale I can remember so much of that day as if it was yesterday. It was race day, and how I loved race day! My blood ran just a little hotter, my focus was sharper and my commitment to the thrill of downhill racing was at its peak. The course was steep and icy; right up my alley. I canada goose outlet belgium loved racing against the clock, I relished the challenge of being the best I could be when it counted the most. canada goose black friday sale

Canada Goose Parka But that day, that race day, ended in a tragic way. Ulrike, a two time world champion, raced in Bib 32. Her four year old daughter, Melanie, was at the finish cheering for canada goose outlet edmonton her mama. Canada Goose Parka

Recently, the ski community has been rocked again by the tragic deaths of World Cup downhill racer David Poisson of France and young Max Burkhart of Germany. The cheap canada goose decoys loss of two lives within a month of each other, and both on Alberta snow, hits extremely close to home for so many of canada goose online shop germany us.

Racers, coaches, officials, parents, volunteers, sponsors, and fans of ski racing have all voiced love and support, questions and concerns. In times of grief it seems impossible that life goes on.

canada goose uk shop Everyone deals with grief and tragedy in their own way. For me, and for my husband Max, it was crystal clear that I needed to be able to answer those two questions before I even thought of defending my Olympic downhill title in Norway. The two of us packed up and left the World Cup circuit, flew home canada canada goose outlet goose amazon uk to my parents to heal and canada goose black friday sale to find the answers. canada goose uk shop

canada goose uk black friday I wondered how the World Cup circuit could continue in Europe. I was confused how the other favorites for the Lillehammer Winter Olympics could keep racing. canada goose uk black friday

buy canada goose jacket A few things were obvious: I was shaken to my core. Shaken to the point that I wasn sure I wanted to race downhill canada goose outlet paypal again. Max knew he couldn watch me race again, and I was suddenly aware of just canada goose chilliwack black friday what I was risking racing downhill. Max and I had been married nearly five years and I had already won my dream race in the 1992 Olympics. The risks of downhill were no longer just about torn up knees and broken bones; I was ultimately risking the rest of our happily ever after. buy canada goose jacket

Why I raced downhill before the tragedy was totally clear. I loved it! I loved everything about the challenge and the risk of putting it on the line when it counted the most.

Canada Goose Jackets Even as a little girl I loved the feeling of the snow and the wind in my face. I loved the power, speed and adrenaline that came with the speeds of downhill racing; and I was a dreamer, a big time dreamer. Canada Goose Jackets

In the muddy state of my mind, a sliver of clarity exposed the grief I felt in losing my life long passion and love for ski racing.

canada goose store The what and the whys were finally answered. I was committed to finding a way to love racing again. It wasn about canada goose black friday reddit defending my Olympic title, it was about not wanting to walk away from skiing like that. canada goose store

Canada Goose sale No, I didn win a medal at those Games. I did race the downhill but without the same passion as before. And no, Max couldn stand on the downhill course to coach me again; his heart just wasn able to do it. But a couple weeks later I had success. Canada Goose sale

canada goose clearance With the two recent tragedies, I have been asked so many questions. Why did I race downhill? Why did I let my kids ski race? What are parents thinking? Do they understand https://www.doloresnet.com how dangerous it is? Can they make it any safer? How do the racers get past this? canada goose clearance

As for what were we thinking as parents? Well, I suppose we were doing the best we could to support our girls in every way we knew in a sport they loved. Stephanie races for Montana State University and Riana coaches for FAST; they both still love a blue bird powder day, feeling the wind in their faces and the camaraderie of their teams.

The more difficult questions will take some dedication and time. Can they make it any safer? Yes, I cheap canada goose uk believe they can. Lessons can always be learned. The priority should always be to make the sport as safe as possible, minimize risk at every level. Without pointing fingers, leaders in the sport need to move together in the direction of safety before results.

Time and experience have always been great teachers and in this, it no different. The racers and the ski community will get through this time of grief and tragedy by asking: What am I doing? Seriously, why am I doing this?

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