I met this guy when I was 16. He was 5 years older but he took the time to talk to me when I was young and immature. I soon found out he was equally immature but we like to say we knew how to have fun. He's an amazing friend, teammate and mentor and over the years he's become like a brother to me.
So stoked to see @rshoei get married and I'm honoured to have stood beside him as a groomsmen. You couldn't have picked a better match for you than Sophie and I wish you both all the best moving forward. Much love brother!
Just had an incredible four days filled with passion, energy and love.
The @fswhistler took us in and 100 @lululemon ambassadors from around the world were fortunate enough to call it home. We sweat, connected and celebrated ourselves and each other so we might leave there and make our communities better. In short, we embodied the #thesweatlife to the fullest!
It was amazing experience to be surrounded by some of the most genuine and inspiring individuals the world has to offer and I'm so humbled to have met all of you. Looking forward to seeing where you all go and I can't wait until our paths cross again!
We're an awesome tribe doing big things and I'm so stoked to be a part of it! ✌🏽️ #alpinefling#ambassadorsummit2016#ambassadorlove#lemonlife#notenoughtags 📷: @jordanjunck
This season was about a rebuild. I wanted to rebuild my body, rebuild my confidence and rebuild my love for skating. (Disclaimer: long post.) It started in April with our awesome physiotherapist, @jennydelich1. I was going to physio twice a week to fix my bum shoulder and back so I could a) train without pain and b) train with confidence. It was a lot of work and discipline (and pain) but I cannot express how appreciative I am of all the hard work Jenny does dealing with, not only me, but the entire Canadian team.
And then in June there was the hiring of our new coach, Kevin Crockett. Olympic medals, world championships, world records - as a skater and coach he has done it all and together we retooled my technique and built an engine geared for consistency and longevity through the year. It paid off and with good results in the Fall, the plan paid dividends in the Winter and I felt even stronger in the second half of the season. I'm excited for the upcoming summer and what we can do next season!
Last but not least, there were new, old and even some foreign teammates in the group this year but ya'll made it an absolute pleasure coming to training every day. Thank you @williedutton, @jthenks, @rdmacker, Mikhail, @heathmclean, @marshahudey, @jessgregg and a massive 고맙습니다, ありがとうございました and kiitos (thank you) to our friends from overseas, @sanghwazz, @tsumaki0427 and @mikapoutala! You three are world class athletes and people and we Canadians are so grateful for what you shared with us this past season. Hope to make more memories with you all soon!
Perspective is an amazing thing and looking back to that first physio appointment in April, if you were to tell me I was going to finish 3rd in World Cup Rankings I might have laughed. There were ups and downs but this season has been a memorable one. There are only two more years until the next Olympics and I am excited to build on the momentum that our team has started. But first!... The offseason!
So proud of the boys! 3rd place overall in the Team Sprint and a shiny plate to show for it. No egos, we all just wanted to get the job done and win for the team. Hunting for that cup next year! Great work crew! #teamsprint#pbcm#thesweatlife#teamaclaro
.@Pchiddy, you beauty! Congrats on the win man. From a casual figure skating fan, that was an epic skate. Loved the #iceslapcelly too.
Never have I ever been as heartbroken after a race as I am today. For 800 metres I put myself in a position to step on the podium at World Championships and then... well, I don't really know what happened, but I'm thankful I stayed on my feet.
You live and you learn and you can count that I'll learn from this. Turn the page and on to the next one.
RT @heathleemc: First time on ice in Kolomna, Russia! Countdown is on until the World Single Distance Championships 💪👊 t.co/tLEhlPIuYJ
#Repost@lululemonmen 📷: @heathmclean
"Every year, around this time, things become a little more stressful - you're trying to qualify to represent Canada at World Championships and when you finally do, you have the responsibility to sponsors, government agencies, your sport federation and your country. It's easy to get caught up in all of that and when you do the milliseconds and millimetres of the sport seem so much bigger.
But it's all about perspective - I constantly have to remind myself take a breath, take in my surroundings and recognize how much a privledge it is to represent my family, friends and country in something as simple as skating in circles." - @giljunio, speed skater and elite ambassador #stretchyourhead