Let the Games Begin!
|1976 "Big Back Tuck"|
Flip - Mt. Cascades
Throughout the next 12 months I will share personal stories, anecdotes, news clippings, magazine articles, photos, audio programs and video postings that run the gamut of emotions from setting monumental goals, experiencing amazing natural highs and achieving the loftiest of dreams to enduring unfathomable loss, subjected to abuse, discrimination, alienation, criticism and mischaracterizations while living a highly dependent and constant daily routine with chronic debilitating pain. A tough existence … definitely; a roller coaster ride to be sure; a life well lived, absolutely. When I look in the mirror I see a man who has lived life to the fullest; a flawed character; a perpetual fighter and an eternal optimist … check, check, check and check again.
I'll take you back to the build-up of deciding to compete for Great Britain, the obstacles and opportunities of competing for a non-alpine nation and eventually becoming Britain’s most successful skier of all time. I’ll share with you the methodical and strategic planning, the indomitable work ethic, fierce determination and constant desire needed to win my first of three world cups, two European Championships, multiple Europa Cups and 5 British Championship titles. We’ll continue the ride through the ups and downs of impending stardom through roles in a variety of feature films, numerous TV commercials and appearances, photo shoots, ski shows and endorsements in the early years of sport and sponsorship.
I invite you to join me in this exciting voyage to find out what makes me tick … after all I’m just as excited about the outcome for my own life as you are for yours. My last chapters are yet to be written because they are unfolding in the moment. We all have only one life to live regardless of circumstances. If you’ve ever felt doubt, had monumental setbacks and overwhelming obstacles to overcome yet still held onto the belief that it’s going to get better and that we’re all destined for greatness … then we are already kindred spirits.
Welcome to Mike’s QuadRant!