Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Good Run


Upon completion of this ski season in late March, I have decided to retire and call it a career. The decision was not as difficult as I thought it would be and I am thankful for that. The time has come to pursue other things in life after putting in a solid 2 years of racing full-time on the NORAM circuit and 5 years racing NCAA for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

In explaining my decision it is hard to avoid platitudes, however I want to convey that the time I spent as student-athlete in the NCAA and as a full-time ski racer was one of joy. The skills I gained to persevere, to be adaptable, to thrive to move forward, to capitalize on momentum, to work with others, and to see a bigger picture will be of great use throughout my entire life. Competing as an elite level racer is a blip of time in my life, however the skills I acquired I will apply to every other pursuit.

Finally and most importantly, the expression “To whom much is given, much is expected” seems very real for me right now. There have been a number of people, a sizable number of people, who have given me a lot in the last 7 years. Without the help and unyielding support of these people I would not have been to be the best skier I could be. I want to thank my coaches Scott Jerome and Alain Masson as well as my personal sponsors Gerry Thick, Peter Densmore, Howie Firth, Rodney Ruddock and Joze Sparovec . I want to thank Jonathan Kerr and all the people who billeted me on the road. I want to thank Jason Cork and team CXC as well as Chad Salmela and all my teammates at the College of Saint Scholastica. I want to thank my teammates at UAF for opening my eyes to skiing. I want to thank my YES Teammates for the brotherhood this season. Most of all I want to thank my Mom and Dad, who have provided me with more than I could ever repay. Thank-you all, I will pay it forward.

What's next for us David Greer?

3 comments:

  1. You will always be a legend in my eyes JP!
    -Jrw395

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  2. John Rambo, good times with you on the ski-trails!!
    Now it's time to enjoy skiing as a recreational skier! :)
    See you in EST!

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  3. You're done too! Well John Boy... you and David are going to be fine no matter what comes your way... Even if it's a 6' Amazon! Love you and miss you my dear! XOXO

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