You have remained very active in the world of skiing – especially in broadcasting – since retiring from active competition. Was it a hard decision to stop, and has the transition to life after active skiing been a comfortable one for you?
Retirement from sport is tough. For an extended period of time – in my case over twenty years from age seven to 27 – this was my passion, my focus. But sport is a great teacher: focus, dedication, goal setting, critical examination, split second evaluation – a skill set that can be used for a lifetime. Couple these skills with the experience of international sport – business, international markets and networks – which provide unique opportunities in sports journalism through TV broadcasting and writing.
While it takes time to make the transition, which returning to university to complete a degree in Economics helped bridge, finding new challenges and dedicating this passion to educating the Canadian public about ski racing and sport became a new focus for me. For 15 years I had the privilege of working with the very best in sports broadcasting with CBC Sports, including the dean of Canadian Olympic sports broadcasting, Mr. Brian Williams and a leader in the business, Mr. Jim Thompson.
My parents also influenced my interest in sport beyond just being an athlete. They dedicated their lives to volunteering within ski racing, and this encouraged me to give back to the sport that gave me so much. This led to the IOC Athletes Commission, the Canadian Olympic Committee as Chef de Mission for the 1992 Summer Olympic Team to Barcelona, the FIS Alpine Executive Board and ultimately to the leadership role as President and CEO of Alpine Canada Alpin.