Here is my final speech for night of the notables
I can’t believe how far skiing has come, I mean look at these things, these used to be the best we had, but now these are best used for fire wood.
Dreams, let’s talk about them. Follow you dreams, what does it mean, doing what you love, loving what you do. Growing up that’s what people tell us. Parents, grandparents, teachers, they say this but they expect so much of us, they expect everything of us, so unfortunately people, too often miss out on their dreams. I took the opportunities available to me to follow my dream, to ski, to be a skier, to do what I loved. But you know that saying, “When one door closes another door opens” well unfortunately the saying works both ways. One door opened and I went through that door, I took that opportunity, but then another door closed.
I was attending the University of Colorado. It was what my mother wanted, for me to get an education, to get a “real job”. But I soon realized that it wasn’t my dream. I then got kicked out of school, for not doing my work, not showing up to classes, and why, because I was skiing. Now with no school, little support from my mom and little money, I did everything in my power to keep skiing. I lived in a little shed behind the school, while skiing all day and delivering pizzas all night. I once said, “I’ll be poor my whole life as long as I can keep skiing”, and that was true, I didn’t care about the money, I never did.
Then, people started to get interested in these skiers doing crazy stunts, people wanted to see me. I was the star of countless ski movies, I was making a name for myself and living a healthier life not staying up all night delivering pizzas.
See, I was a Freeskier. We freeskiers skied on these little skinny sticks but in the deep, waist high powdery snow. So that’s where these come in. I had some old water skis at my house and I just knew that they would do the trick, so I mounted some ski bindings on them and went on a run. The water skis were so fat, that they kept me upon the top of the snow. It was like I was floating. So, I designed these, well not these specifically but introduces the consept of fat skis to the world, and now, freeskiers around the world are using skis just like these.