My New Partnership with Muskoka Woods!

I am super excited to announce my new partnership with Muskoka Woods, summer camp dedicated to inspiring youth, offering staff that share a common desire to help young people realize their full potential.

This partnership means a lot to me because I attended Muskoka Woods as a child. I always had such an amazing time there while making great friends along the way. At Muskoka Woods they always support you in your journey and are committed to making fun experiences. They give you the opportunity to try many different activities, some you would never even think of trying. I remember one summer, I even had the opportunity to speak on the camp radio! This was way outside my comfort zone as a kid, but I loved it! Muskoka Woods, “exists to inspire youth to shape their world”, which is such a powerful motto to me as I try to inspire youth in athletics and other aspects of life during my journey to become a world class skier.

I am so grateful that Muskoka Woods is interested in supporting my journey back to snow and into the future. Rehabbing from injury is just as challenging, both mentally and physically, as skiing is, so thank you to Muskoka Woods for your dedication and support in this chapter of my life and career!

Thank you for your support, Muskoka Woods! I can’t wait to see what this partnership brings!

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Rehab Update

I am now four weeks out from left knee surgery. With only two weeks left on crutches, I have been working really hard to prepare my left knee to take those first steps. I have been spinning on the bike with both legs (if you’ve been injured before, you know how exciting this is) and working on getting my quad muscles working like normal again. My right leg keeps getting stronger and stronger (although there is still a long way to go), and I am keeping my upper body as strong as possible. #makeithappen 

When I am not at the gym rehabbing, I have been taking a Human Anatomy course. I have found it really interesting to learn more about the human body and how it works. As an athlete, a lot of the information I read is very relatable and I am learning things about my own body and injury that I didn’t know before!

With the Olympics underway, I want to send out another GOOD LUCK to my fellow Canadians competing in South Korea! I will be watching every day, and cheering loudly from home! #GoCanada 

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Surgery: Round Two!

About 8 weeks after my first surgery to repair my ACL and meniscus on my right knee, I walked into the hospital to get a similar surgery on my left knee. I had been walking for two weeks without crutches at this point. I was starting to feel a little more back to normal…only to have to return to crutches for 6 more weeks following this surgery. The last thing I remember before heading into surgery was insisting to my mom, who was sitting beside my hospital bed, that we have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner the following night. But, of course, when I woke up, that was definitely the last thing I wanted to eat. The next thing I remember was trying to open my eyes as I heard the doctor’s voice speaking to my mother about how the surgery went. I struggled to keep them open but almost instantly feel back into a sleep. When I finally could stay awake for longer than a few minutes, my mom filled me in. The doctor said the surgery went well! For the most part, there were no surprises; the left knee was almost identical to the injury I sustained on my right knee. After a little while, I got up and crutched slowly on my reconstructed right knee, careful not to put weight down on my left leg, to the wheelchair that the nurse wheeled me to our car in.  

Although part of me is bummed to have to repeat the last 8 weeks again on my left knee this time, I am really excited to have taken this next step to getting back to snow. I have learned so much from this experience already and have gained so much more respect than I already had for fellow athletes who have come back from injury. I am excited to see what else I learn from all the new experiences coming my way in the next year!

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Embrace the Chase

These last two months have been crazy...here’s an update as to what’s been going on with me…

Two days before the World Cup season opener, I was training GS in Sölden, Austria. I was doing my final race prep before my first World Cup season began! A few training runs in, I hit a rut at a bad angle and felt a pop in both my left and right knee. I was air-lifted to the nearest hospital.

My mom, who had just landed in Munich, was on her way to the ski hill to watch me train, when she received the call. She met me at the hospital, where an MRI confirmed that I had torn my ACL and lateral meniscus in both knees. And just like that, my season was over. As I was unable to weight bear, I left the hospital in a wheelchair.

A few days later, I flew home to my family and friends to begin prepping for surgery. I started with exercises to help with my range of motion, then spinning, then started walking (which wasn’t pretty at first).

On November 14th, I went into surgery to repair my right knee – which went really well.

During the next six weeks on crutches, I kept working hard with my left leg and upper body to maintain as much muscle as possible. I slowly began exercising my right leg to gain back strength and range of motion.

December 25th, Santa came and I was allowed to ditch the crutches and start walking!!

Within a couple days, I was able to start doing double leg exercises, like double leg squats and RDLs, which helped to strengthen and prepare my right leg to support me in my upcoming surgery on my left knee.

Surgery on my left knee is scheduled for this coming week. Stay tuned here and my Facebook page (link below) to get updates on how it goes!

A big shoutout to all my teammates on the Canadian Ski Team! I’m always watching and cheering you on. GO CANADA!!

Finally, a special thanks to everyone who supported me that day and every day since – my entire team, my sponsors, my friends and family, my fans and so many more. It really does take an army. 

#makeithappen

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Two Weeks to Go

With two weeks to go until Sölden, I am in my final prep stage before the season begins! I’ve been working hard, both on and off the hill, to prepare myself for this world cup season. For me, the next two weeks will be heavily focused on getting productive GS training before I tackle my first world cup GS race. I have been training in Pitztal, Austria, which has allowed me to challenge myself with more difficult terrain and conditions, similar to what I will be facing in Sölden. Stay tuned to see how my training and final preparations are going!

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