Winning a silver medal at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships in the sprint event is a dream come true for me. I have really focussed on the sprint this year and the hard work is paying off.
Never would I have imagined myself here 10 years ago when I first moved to Europe and had not even tried randonee skiing. It was 6 years ago when I attended my first skimo worlds in Switzerland, just 2 years after my 2nd child and 1 year after starting the sport.
Unfortunately that year, I came down with strep throat and was unable to compete. My mom flew over from the States to watch and instead helped me with my 2 & 4 year old boys and nursed me with chicken soup. Needless to say it was a great intro into the sport itself and its potential worldwide.
Since then I have been to the 2010 world championships in Andorra and 2011 in Claut, Italy. I was remembering that the first year I merely had a goal to finish the races, so 3 years later, to stand on a world championship podium is really a dream for me and says a lot about how the sport has influenced my life.
For me this medal is a culmination of my own pursuit of personal excellence which I could not have done with out the support of so many on this journey; it is also a personal victory as a woman and a mother which has been inspired by many in my life: athletes, coaches, teachers, artists, family, friends and more.
Here are a few shots from the sprint race
I am very happy to have discovered this sport that brings much joy and passion to so many here today and most importantly it brings me a smile.
I am dedicated to being an advocate for the sport of ski mountaineering, especially for women and to help create a ripple affect of passion for the sport world wide.
I will continue to strive to empower and inspire others, especially women and mothers to reach high for their own dreams and believe in the impossible.
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