Reflections and the World Cup

It’s a tricky line of work to be in, this professional ski racer business. At the end of the day, we’re judged primarily on the quality of the racing results we produce as individuals, simple numbers on a page of exceptional athletes. Are results always a true reflection of the work done by racer and support staff, the process of getting to the present moment, the potential of a given individual? Continue reading “Reflections and the World Cup”

Fine lines

Are competitive, professional athletes healthy? You may think unequivocally yes, of course, an athlete must be at peak health in order to perform his or her best at sport. Probably most successful athletes would be considered healthy as defined by “the absence of illness or injury,” at least most of the time and during their competitions.  But what about if we consider a broader definition of optimal health, as in the fitness, activity level, nutrition, mental state, etc to best maintain a happy and long life?  The World Health Organization website declares that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” By this definition not all athletes may be necessarily healthy, at least not in a well-rounded and balanced way, because by their very nature, competitive sports encourage extremes. Continue reading “Fine lines”