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Is There a Gold Medal for Taking Your Kids Skiing? WHERE HARD WORK LEADS
Who else plans to watch the Olympics this month? The XXIII Olympic Winter Games are in PyeongChang, South Korea, this year, and as a big sports fan, I’m always excited to catch the action. I don’t follow most of the events during the rest of the year, but during the Olympics, I’m excited to watch every single one, whether figure skating, bobsledding, or even curling! Though, my favorite event is downhill skiing.
I’ve been skiing all my life. There’s something about the speed, freedom, and challenge; I just can’t get enough of it. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to get away from all the stresses of day-to-day life and be
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outdoors, especially in the winter when we spend too much time cooped up inside. I also love that skiing gives me a chance to spend time with my family. They all ski with me now, and I love being able to share the experience with them. That said, with four kids, it’s not always easy to get that experience. When my kids were younger, just getting them geared up with their boots and gloves, and getting everyone in the car was a challenge in and of itself. There’s always one slowpoke, so there’s bound to be complaints about being hot and uncomfortable as people wait. But then, finally, you take them up to the mountain. You see the looks on their faces as they take in the view or reach the bottom of the slope, and it’s all worth it. Getting my family up the mountain can be challenging, but I’m not one to complain about a challenge. Nothing good in life comes easy. The Olympics are a real reminder of what can be achieved with hard work. Each athlete chosen to represent their country spent their life working hard. Of course, getting my kids to go skiing OLYMPICS ARE A REAL REMINDER OF WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH HARD WORK.
is not nearly as hard as qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team — at least not now that they are older — but when you see an athlete reach the podium, you get to see where dedication can lead you. I’ve faced challenges in my life. When I decided to become an oral surgeon, it felt like I would be in school forever. I spent 10 years in graduate school alone! And being married for 20 years has been full of ups and downs. Being a parent is a constant obstacle course of wondering whether you’re doing the right thing for your kids. Additionally, I can still remember how nervous I felt to stick my neck out and take on the challenges of starting my own practice with a partner. All of these events were challenging in their own right, and there were times when it might have been easier to just give up. These are also some of the best decisions I have ever made, because they led me to where I am today. I have a wife I love, four kids who I adore — even if getting them to go skiing is a challenge — a career I’m proud of, and my own practice with a business partner and friend I can count on, Dr. Graffeo.
I try to work hard at everything I do, because it’s worked out so far!
–Dr. Harrison Linsky
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