It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.   -Walt Disney

team canada hat 2I spend most of my year preparing for the Ice/Mixed World Cup Competition season. Spread across the globe, for the greater part of the winter I travel, competing for Canada, on the world cup tour. So much of my efforts in training go towards this style of climbing. Years ago, amongst some of the top ice climbers in the world, I found myself competing in my first competition in Canmore, Alberta.  From that moment on I was hooked.  And since then my goals have lead me to where I am now, pushing to achieve my ultimate performance on the World’s stage.

I’ve competed in many competitions (with ice axes in my hands), but have now focused all my attention towards the World Cup tour. Why? Because deep down I know that I can achieve certain goals within that game. Going into my 6th season on the tour, I’ve experienced a lot, grown a lot, and most importantly have had some of the most amazing times of my life.  The people, places, different cultures…all of it; a lifetime of special moments.

It’s not for the faint of heart.  It’s a cruel world…competition sports. But if you can keep focused on the task at hand, the goals set out, and believe in yourself…well…you then become pretty much capable of anything. And that’s what keeps me going.  Believe in greatness and it’s only a matter of time before you become great.

The pursuit of ultimate performance

Who knew that competitive climbing would lead me to demonstrating ice/mixed climbing in front of the world at the Sochi Winter Olympics. But let’s step back for a second and talk about how it started, and then details on where it’s gone, and what’s yet to come.

For many years now, the UIAA has been working towards making Ice Climbing an official sport in the Winter Olympics. In 2014, athletes from around the world had the opportunity to demonstrate the sport we love on the world’s stage, at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. This experience was like none other.  Every day we got to climb on a really cool structure, as well as climb 60ft of ice in summer temperatures, in front of hundreds of people, sharing our passion for such a rad sport. To be recognized as an athlete in the Olympic Park will forever remain likely the most special moment in my climbing career.

Every year the UIAA gets closer and closer to the induction of Ice climbing into the Olympics. In 2018, Ice climbing will be presented as a demonstration sport in Korea. And with baited breath, 2022 will be the year that Ice climbing becomes an official medal sport in the Winter Olympics.

Coaches

Throughout my journey in climbing, which involves every-day life, to progress…I found doing it alone wasn’t working. There are people that have played “game-changing” roles in my “career”.  The path I’ve taken, where I am now, it wouldn’t be possible without those people.   When I committed myself to this journey, a guy by the name of Will Gadd took me under his wing and gave me the opportunity to look at myself in the mirror and face what I was looking at, no bs, no hiding…just the truth.  This changed everything.

Now, focusing on being the best that I can, I work with a few key people that implement what they do best into my goals and dreams.  Alli Rainey http://allirainey.com/home/ • Ian Holmes http://irrationalfitness.com • Adam O’neil : Pinnacle Performance

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