As someone who has spent the bulk of his life in the sport of ski racing and who has been training with a skipping rope since he was very young.
I've made it a point not to judge my abilities based on their "ability to reach the top speed rope." Instead, the more I learned about them, the more it became clear that, as much as possible, I should be more concerned about becoming a better racer. That being said, I don't think I want to be judged on my top speed anymore! Even when I was an adult, I felt that my greatest asset as a racer was my ability to make sure that I always put others before myself. This is true even when I was racing professionally. My first race as a pro was the U.S. Nationals at Utah's Park City in Utah.
t's where I first hit the top speeds of the Olympic downhill and super-G events. When I ran it, it felt like a race. But when I competed it, I was always looking out for myself first. It was the first race where I felt as if I just couldn't lose. I ended up being the leading finisher and also finishing first in the super-G. I did better in those races. I also did my best to make sure that my team-mates and my sponsor, who had never seen me at the top of my speed in an Olympic downhill or super-G competition, knew that I was the fastest racer on the course.
It was a long way out of the gate, and I wanted to be the first one there, with my arms outstretched and a big smile on my face, ready to win. My career as an Olympian took off a few years later. I made national team debut at the world-class event in the Olympic slalom in Inverness, Scotland, where I was one of the three U.S. teams entered. This was my first world-class event. It was my first time on snow in a competition that really had a lot of pressure. It was also a dream debut. I went into that race knowing I had a chance to be a medal contender. When we made our way out onto the course, I felt that it was our best opportunity to win. And it gave me the confidence that I had when I was a teenager. Now, I have a good team and I am even more confident as an adult and the jump rope is still with me.