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Emily Brydon - The Olympic edge

Emily Brydon placed fifth in the World Cup ski circuit for Super G, and tenth in Downhill in the 2007-2008 season. Her home club is Fernie's Snow Valley.

Emily Brydon placed 14th at St. Anton World Cup Ladies Super Combined in December 2007. (Photo courtesy of Alpine Canada Alpin)

With my best ever season at an end, one would think that it would be the time to sit back, relax and reflect on the success, defeats and obstacles of the past season but no, here we are in Whistler for our first off season training camp.

It is somewhat bittersweet at this time of year as the last thing that I want to do, is put on my plastic shoes (aka ski boots) opposed to my flip flops which are calling my name. On the other hand we have been given an amazing opportunity to be training on the future Olympic track.

Canadians are notoriously “diplomatic” people, almost to a fault sometimes. We are the first and probably the only team to offer key training spots to other teams; we virtually give them away. We are learning though, and we are taking a step in the right direction.

In sports, “the edge” is what separates podiums from 4th, it separates hundredths of seconds between competitors and it separates Olympic victory from second best; we are on a mission now to be on the right side of the clock. A key example of this is why I am in Whistler right now. The whole Canadian ski team is here to train on the Olympic track which will not be open to international competitors until they stand in the start gate at the Olympic Games.

We are getting invaluable time on the track where we are constantly dealing with hundredths of seconds. We are learning the terrain like the back of our hand, we are skiing in all weather conditions that can potentially show up at the Games and we are skiing a wide variety of courses to prepare us for anything; in the end we will be ready for anything.

Emily Brydon competed at both the Salt Lake City and Turin Olympics. (Photo courtesy of Alpine Canada Alpin)

This is one example of how Canadians are trying to “Own the Podium” which is directly where all the funding and initiatives are coming from. This initiative is changing the landscape of sports in Canada and is creating a path to success; we are being proactive for the first time that I can remember. I am so excited to be part of Canadian sport right now. The momentum and passion is building and it will continue to do so leading up to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

My career has been one of many ups and downs and I would be lying if I didn’t admit to wanting to walk away from it many times but now I realize why I stuck it out. This is what I always dreamed of, to be part of a team, an organization, and a nation that shares the passion of sport.

My recent success can be attributed to many factors but first and foremost I love what I do, I have the support and resources behind me and I know that I am being given every opportunity that I need to succeed.

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