If we’re all a product of our environment, then Alpine Canada’s Cassidy Gray is a glowing representation of her community. They have shaped her throughout this road to the World Cup and she is still actively motivated by all of them today. I spoke with Cassidy the week leading into their home World Cups in Mt. Tremblant, Quebec. Excited at the opportunity to race on home soil, she shared her journey to becoming one of Canada’s top ski racers.
Not all paths are linear and the linear path isn’t for everyone. Justin Alkier is embarking on his first full season on the World Cup circuit for Canada after capturing one of two NorAm slalom spots from last season's tour. The 25 year old may be the oldest athlete to ever be named to the Canadian national team for the first time and it wasn’t until 23 that he raced for his provincial team, Ontario. But don’t these stats fool you, this long way around path was one of choice, fueled by an intrinsic motivation to always improve his skiing, get better and to one day ski race on the World Cup circuit.
During my ski racing career, I routinely sought out books, conversations and interviews from others in different walks of life for insights and inspiration. As I moved further away from my last World Cup race, a strengthening sense of gratitude developed for how much others had given to help achieve my results. In light of this, I wanted to give back in the way that many had done before me, to give back through story.