Since as long as I can remember competing in the Olympics as a skier was my greatest goal in life. The vigor to see this dream come to fruition gave me direction, purpose, passion, and joy. It gave me friends that became family; and, it gave me memories that will last a lifetime. I will be forever grateful for what aerials has given me.
Aerials, like so many other Olympic sports, has to be fueled by an unwavering love for the sport. There is no living to be made off the sport and no fame to be had (the latter never holding any value to me). There are countless opportunities for personal glory and amazing memories. Perhaps some fancy necklaces, an occasional belt buckle, and some unbelievably oversized crystal drinkware too – all of which I’m proud to possess. Thus, you really must enjoy what you’re doing to be willing to work hard enough to win.
After months and months of reflection, I have come to realize that my drive and passion to be the absolute best lay elsewhere. It is time to say goodbye to the starting gate. It feels like aerials is all I’ve known for 11 years, which makes saying goodbye a bit intimidating. Though, I am thrilled to start a new chapter. I plan to continue pursuing my college degree full-time with the expectation of graduating next spring.
I will never be able to thank the people that helped me chase my dreams enough. My first coaches and every single one along the way, my teammates, my friends around the world, my sponsors, the US Ski Team, and so many more. Thank you. And most importantly, my family – I love you guys.