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The winter Olympics are beginning this month! Ever since I was a little kid, the Winter Olympics have always been my favorite. In 1968, when I was 10 years old, I watched the Olympics and was transfixed by the downhill skiing event. The speed involved with skiing and the intensity of watching people race is exhilarating. Everything about the winter game is so exciting to me, and I’m in love with watching it. My parents and I used to watch the Winter Olympics every time it came on. It was like a family tradition to watch the events. Now, my daughter likes to watch some of the events with me, so hopefully, we can continue that little tradition. I loved watching these events because they all involved snow and ice. I grew up in Texas, and we never really had the chance to do snow activities like sledding or ice skating. I thought these activities would be really fun to participate in, and it’s something that I wish I could’ve done while growing up. I eventually got the chance to do these things when my family started taking annual ski trips each winter for Christmas, and when I finally got to ski for the first time, I loved every minute of it. Downhill skiing became something I was so fascinated with that, as a kid, I wanted to be a ski racer more than anything in the world. That’s strange for someone growing up in Texas because there was nowhere you could go to practice or events to participate in. One of my favorite movies growing up was a movie about ski racing called “Downhill Racer,” starring Robert Redford. He played a brash I’VE ALWAYSWANTED TO BE A SKI RACER My Love for the Winter Olympics Goes Way Back
young American ski racer who wins the International Circuit. This was such a fun movie, and I have always loved it.
When my injury happened in 1980, I was unable to ski. But my dream of being a ski racer didn’t end when my accident occurred. Eventually, living my dream as a ski racer became a reality. I got involved in disabled ski racing, and I was on the Winter Park Disabled Ski Team for about 10 years. I got the chance to participate in a ski racing competition, and it was very competitive and a lot of fun. It was amazing to go down the slopes and feel the adrenaline that skiers feel while racing. After several years of training, I got better at it and even won a few medals. I even got a chance to compete against some of the ski athletes featured in Warren Miller’s ski movies. He makes these movies every year, and it was such a surreal experience to compete against these other skiers.
Never give up on your dreams, no matter what stands in your way. With determination and motivation, anything is possible. Ever since I was little, I wanted to ski race, and I finally got to live out my dreams. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever created.
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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