Do what you love

I have been trying to wrap my head around what seems like a wave of recent loss and major injuries. Still trying to make sense of it all. Don't get it.

Just after Christmas my friend Duncan was killed in an avalanche just north of Whistler. Duncan was such a large part of the Whistler community. He was on ski and bike patrol, always volunteering or puting in time doing this or that, he coached...he was always laughing or smiling. I have spent quite a bit of time with Duncan over the years, a lot of which was while we were training with Sasha Gier. I always had him in the corner of my eye trying to match his pace. He was a freaking machine. Just watching him made me push that much harder. It was after that winter of training that I started getting my first big results. I owe part of that to Duncan. I don't think I will ever be able to pick up a medicine ball again without feeling Duncan's energy.  No matter how many times I look at his picture, I can't believe he is gone...

While Sarah Burke was not a personal friend of mine, I feel like her loss has hit me just as hard. I have looked up to her as a female athlete for so long....she was a huge part of the reason I joined the Freestyle Ski Team while I was at CU.  She made me feel like I could do and be successful at anything I put my heart into. While I liked skiing, I loved thats where my heart really was. :) Not only was she at the top of her sport but she was smart, respected, hard-working and she made huge strides for female atheletes. I think that Sarah's spirit and drive is going to inspire a whole new generation of girls to go after what they want and fight for what they believe in. Thank you Sarah. :)

Each of these people have inspired me to do what I love...and love every minute of it.


Katie Holden