LIFE THE NEXT FOUR YEARS
As a 14-year-old novice slider during the Vancouver Olympics, I thought that Russia was a world away. The thought of actually competing in them seemed almost impossible. Little did I know that in four short years, I’d be racing the best sliders halfway across the world. That being said, the trail to Korea seems a little more evident. I am committing my effort into changing from a participant to one of the best sliders in the world. My experience in Sochi taught me how to deal with pressure, how to react when a plan doesn’t pan out, but most importantly it ignited a flame. Watching the Olympic flame get extinguished during the closing ceremonies in Sochi made me promise to myself that I would do everything in my power to see it lit again.
There is a significant amount of time to pass from now until February of 2018, but I can see my path and I am persistently chasing that dream. People like to say that it happens every four years, what they fail to see is that it’s our everyday. I will be competing in dozens of World Cups between now and then to improve my world ranking. On top of that, there are three World Championships that intend to continuously improve at. They take place at the end of each season. The first of which is in Latvia, followed by Germany and finally in Austria. And every day that I will spend in the gym or on the track, I will remind myself that I’m chasing those rings that seem a world away.