Sunday, May 20, 2012

Give Your Everything

This video for the London Olympics has made me ready to "Give My Everything" this summer.

However, before we get into that, I'll start at the beginning of the summer. Before I left home, my dad and I headed to high park in Toronto to walk around and take a few pictures.

It was a beautiful day!

The day before I left, my dad brought my trophy home for me. A few people were wondering what it looks like, so finally... here it is!

The next day I headed to the airport to travel to Calgary. Eve picked us up and give up Jay's car, Bruce, for the summer. Eve told me a few of Bruce's traits. His door is a bit stuck, his steering wheel is a bit loose, but most importantly...
What is wrong with this picture?
He drives without a key needed!

Oh I have missed the chinooks in the west!

MP, Britt and I went exploring near our new places!

And enjoyed the beautiful day.

Our first week was filled with difficult tests and many doctors assessments. We are all starting at a very good place this summer, but there is a lot of work to do!
We rewarded ourselves with a hike, the first major hike of the season! However, the hike was a difficult one to start with. MP said it correctly when she said the first half of the hike is beautiful and fun, but then it gets hard and... less fun. Obviously we are not long distance athletes!

My next goal of the day was to make some tea...

And find a nice patio to enjoy it on.

During that week, Mitch and I headed to a Canadian Olympic Commitee event to meet other athletes, learn about the Olympics and get to know Russia!
They have been making these short videos about a few of the athletes. They are extremely inspirational. I will try to post more of them during my next posts.
This video reminded me of these girls... 
Whenever I leave home, I always feel a little bit lonely and sad. When I landed in Calgary there was an email waiting for me from an amazing skiing mother. She told me that it was just her daughters birthday, and her daughter had chose to have a picture of me skiing on the back of her birthday t-shirts. She then told me that my work is inspiring. That email couldn't have come at a better time. It made everything clear again and reminded me why sometimes we go through hard things to attempt to reach our dreams... and help others do so too!

"I'm representing Canada, which means I'm representing everyone who is fortunate enough to call themselves a Canadian. It's like we have a bond, in the same way as a musician might be really stoked when somebody says, "Hey I like your song". If somebody says, "Hey I was inspired by your race and I think it's cool what you do" then that's the same feeling." -Adam van Koeverden

Thank you for reminding me of that feeling! You girls are amazing and inspiring! RACE LIKE A GIRL!

Now I am getting ready for next week. Resting, recovering, making a few meals for the rest of the week.

I love it here and I am ready to "Give it my Everything", but home always stays close to my heart!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I went on another walk....

With the dog... that is all.

JUST KIDDING. Phil Brown has made an appearance on the blog. Phil and I went on a road trip to Burlington, Vermont for the weekend to visit everyone.
He is the safest driver in the world- Hands at 10 and 2

He can't be distracted... ever

Not even the windmills make an impact with their impressive blades and tall structures.

Or maybe he can be distracted when I least expect it....

It was such a fun weekend filled with many faces that I haven't seen for a while. This was our Ontario team picture of the weekend!

Kate and I are "Fast and Female"

While Tommy and I kneel pensively by the sidelines.

Kev... Look I'm a bird.

This week instead of riding the the BMW I downgraded to Phil's cooler...

Now on a more serious note- Yesterday I headed to Guelph to speak at my old high school and attend a City Councel meeting.
It was amazing to come back to the school and see the teachers that I haven't seen in many years. I would never be where I am today, or who I am, without Bishop Macdonell and every person there.

(Picture from the Guelph Mercury... Here is the article-

The students and teachers asked me a few questions in a talk-show like setting. Here were a few of their questions and my summarized answers:

1) How do I prepare for a big race?
Usually, I try not to do anything differently before a big race. I work hard every day of the year, so by the time my big races come I try to relax and know that all of the hard work is done. Racing is my reward during the year.

2) Have I ever thought that all of the sacrifices I have made weren't worth it?
Of course I have had doubts and times when I thought that I would move on to the next part of my life. I have had to overcome many obstacles and go through hard times. However, I worked 21 years for the day I won, and I can honestly say that those 21 years were worth it.

3) It's anti-bullying week at BM, what would I tell kids that are struggling with bullying?
When I was younger I struggled with some of the people around me being mean and judgmental. I felt alone even when I was surrounded by many people. If anyone is struggling with bullying, at any level, I would tell them that there are amazing people in the world, but sometimes it takes a while to find them. I used to look at the world in a darker way, but I have seen people willing to do anything for others and those people will come walking into your life when you least expect it; to be your angel. These moments will pass, even if it seems as if they are lasting forever.

Many more questions were asked, but we had to move on to embarrassing the teachers!

Four years ago I would never have imagined that I would be standing in front of the school speaking. I was never one for speaking in front of crowds. However, as I stood in the back at the beginning of the assembly, I found myself wanting to hear more about the other students in the school. There are at least two future Olympians in the school and I know exactly why they chose to attend BM!

After I left Bishop Mac, I headed to the City Council meeting where I was able to meet the Mayor of Guelph. She congratulated me and gave me a City of Guelph jacket to make sure I always remember where I come from.

Now I am at home again... procrastinating for my BIG move to Canmore for the summer. 

One funny story that I remember from high school that I will share with you is when my dog was sprayed by a skunk. He ran back into the house, scared of the smell on him. I was running out the door to get to school, so I couldn't help get the smell out of the house. I put my bag in my locker and went to my first class. Well... the smell had followed me to school. The entire hallway STUNK!  However, no one knew that it was coming from me, so I said "Who would come to school smelling like this... geez."
I bet only I would, so that I wouldn't miss any more school. I bought air fresheners that night!