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Inspirations

The last 5

by on Nov.06, 2010, under Inspirations, Training Tips

Almost everyone understand physical strength but few truly appreciate the importance of developing mental strength and work ethics at a young age.

Just take the Slovenia’s cross country skier Majdic as an example, she has the perfect excuse to just give up with 4 broken ribs and a damaged lung from a fall, but she didn’t. She pushed on and won a bronze medal. (Link: http://vancouver2010.sympatico.ca/). The drive and passion to push to be your best did not come by accident and did not just happen during the Olympics, that mental strength and determination come from years of training.

I always tell the kids, it is not the first 5 push ups that give them the most benefit, it is always the last 5 when the body is ready to quit but they push on to finish – those last 5 trains both body and mind!

Great physical strength allow you to be healthy and do a lot of different things. Great mental strength will play a huge role in your studies, career and life.

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Maelle Ricker

by on Mar.06, 2010, under Inspirations

Maelle Ricker is everything you see in her on TV. She is shy, funny, and humble beyond belief. Even that nervous giggle that you hear at the end of almost every other sentence is what you would hear from her on an everyday basis. In a sport that is characterized by style, cockiness and arrogance, her biggest problem has been to bring out that competitive edge in her. At one of the world cups this year, her and a teammate were riding one and two, and instead of trying to pass her in order to win (which might have caused the other rider to fall), she stayed behind because she was afraid of making her teammate fall.

Most importantly though, here is an athlete worth looking up to. With all the new jokes that come up about Tiger Woods (which I thank him for, because for the first time in my life people have called me funny =p), it’s hard to know whether or not an athlete is actually a good role model. I have had the privilege of working in the same gym that she works out at, and I can tell you that there isn’t a single person in the gym who works harder. She drives from Squamish (close to an hour’s drive) in order to work out at Level 10 Fitness, at least three times a week. There hasn’t been a single training session that she hasn’t walked out of with her t-shirt dripping in sweat. She not only keeps up with the boys, she surpasses them. Watching her, you could never tell that she’s had eight knee surgeries and you will never hear her complain about them.

She is the type of athlete that doesn’t like the spotlight, a flashy Shaun White she is not. In fact, she is super uncomfortable with being the center of attention and if she had her way, she probably would’ve loved to win the gold medal at the Olympics with only her friends and family present. She just loves snowboarding…it’s what she loves to do and she works extremely hard at it. Lucky for Canada that she just so happens to be the best in the world at it 😉

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