Focus on the Olympics

I have been very lucky in my career to hangout and even train with many Olympians and Paralympians. For a guy who consistently failed to medal in the Canada Fitness Award Program in school, it has been an unexpected honour. But after meeting so many of these elite athletes up close I gotta tell you, it may look like a glamorous life but it is not.

I have never met a group of people who so routinely make so many personal sacrifices for their job. And they start so young. At a time when most people are navigating grade eight, they basically put any semblance of a normal life on hold so they can devote all their time and energy to one thing. Then they spend the rest of their formative years doing that one thing over and over again with one goal in mind. Representing us—representing Canada—at the Olympics. The only break they ever had in their schedule is occasionally they’ll be asked to pee in a cup by a total stranger. They redefine commitment.

Look at snowboarder Mark McMorris. How good is this guy? He is the first snowboarder in the world to land a Backside Triple Cork 1440. I don't even know what that is. But I am in awe of this guy. Less than a year ago, he hit a tree and broke his arm, his ribs, his pelvis and his jaw. I think it's safe to say that if that happened to any of us, we might take a break from downhill sports. Not Mark McMorris. He is in PyeongChang, Korea right now with one goal in mind—making us proud.

When it comes to the Winter Olympics and Team Canada, the division of labour is crystal clear: They do all the work, we do the cheering. Now let's do our job so they can do theirs.


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