I Get By With A little Help From My Friends

Posted by piphunt on November 9, 2010 in Adventures of Pip, skiing |

Jen is one of those people who can always put a smile on my face. Whether we’re skiing, shopping or just hanging out sipping on coffee, she has an incredible grasp on life. I often forget that we’re the same age; her motivation, priorities, and lifestyle are beyond her 24 years.

If she does one thing well, it’s balance. Try having a podium-topping career as a half pipe skier, spokesperson for female athletes, and find time for your friends and family. It’s not just the time on snow that is consuming, but also the hours of mental and physical training out of the pipe that make me admire Jen. If anyone has what it takes to make it, it’s Jen.

Jen has been a good friend of mine since we met at High North Ski Camp in 2005. She was well on her way to skiing stardom and I was just getting started out. I had just signed with Salomon, I was the rookie, the newbie, and determined to prove myself. I left with a massive hematoma, a massive smile, and inspired by a new friend. Her competitiveness and zeal scared me just a little bit, but now, it’s what I love the most about her.

Instead of talking about her passion, her progression or her skiing all the time, Jen simply works hard and let’s her hard work prove itself to the rest of the world. But just because Jen is quiet doesn’t mean its been a walk in the park. I’ve watched her crash, I’ve seen unfair judging and I’ve seen bad days. But despite her crashes and her wins, Jen is more inspired than ever for this season.

“I know that I can do more. I don’t feel like my job here is done yet. There are so many things that I can still do with skiing, women athletes and people in the world that I can’t quit yet.”

Jen is more than just a skier; she trains as hard as any other professional athlete. Skiing herself into shape isn’t an option in Jen’s book. This summer, she started training at the U.S. Gym Center of Excellence in Park City. The trainers there helped Jen focus on both her strength and power, switch up her work outs, and make sure that she nurtures as well as strengthens her body. Her daily twitter updates make me feel lazy, she is always running from workout to bike ride to the next event on her schedule. Her jet setting ways don’t throw a wrench in her training schedule either; she creates workouts to do on the go too. Now that’s dedication.

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