So I’m sitting on a plane right now on my way to Moncton New Brunswick. Thanks to the Canadian Olympic Committee, we have the honour of attending the Olympic Hall of Fame induction ceremony that is being hosted by the beautiful province of New Brunswick. I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of Canada on my travels and I’m always amazed at 3 things: How huge it is, how beautiful it is, and how much different each of the provinces are. I don’t spend a lot of time out on the east coast so I’m really excited to spend a few days surrounded by great people, amazing Olympic athletes, and the lovely east coast of Canada. A few neat things are happening this weekend. First, one of our bobsleigh alumni is being inducted. Congrats Dave Maceacern! Secondly, the guests are a mix of summer and winter athletes. It is always so amazing when we get to spend time with Olympians from the “other” season. We always discover how much we have in common, how much we inspire one another and how we always feel like we are part of a big maple leaf wearing, anthem singing family.
A few of my teammates will be there and it will be great to see them. Shelley will not be joining me because she is busy training….and this is an interesting story! Shelley was an amazing track athlete. She went to college in Nebraska where she earned both a bachelors and masters degree while competing in hurdles and sprints. After 5 years of sliding and training with a focus and determination that none of us possessed in our early 20’s, she realized that she is both stronger and faster than she was back in Nebraska, where, by the way, she was one of the top ranked hurdlers in the NCAA. The thought of using her full athletic capability to pursue the sport that she has loved since she was a little kid is overwhelming for her. She has so many dreams and plans for her future and her passion for kids and community outreach programs but there is this nagging question in her mind. The dangerous “I wonder….”
I say: dream of impossible things Shelley. I will be cheering. It doesn’t matter where it leads you, it will be an amazing journey.
We will miss you so much in Calgary, and the program will not be the same without you but I can’t wait to watch you run. Good luck and thank you for the 5 years you spent elevating our teams push times and spirits. Most importantly, thanks for the last 2 seasons. You are an amazing person, a great friend and an incredible teammate. I was so lucky to have you next to me week after week, all winter long.