The Best Part Of Skiing Is Meeting Some Of The Most Amazing People

The Best Part Of Skiing Is Meeting Some Of The Most Amazing People

Skiing makes you feel like your are getting to know the world one person at a time.

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Two years ago my dad brought up the idea of going skiing/snowboarding so my brother, dad, and I decided to go. It was an experience like none other. I've only went maybe a dozen times so I still have a lot to learn and have a long ways to go until I can ski the black diamonds, but the one thing I know for sure is that my favorite part of skiing is the people you meet.

Most of the time you meet new people on the ski lift or in the lodge. At first you might not feel comfortable talking to people, but what's the worst that can happen? They ignore you and you move on. I was shy person myself but have come out of my shell over the years. It's definitely led me to learning more about people and the world.

Just two weekends ago I went to Whitetail Ski Resort near Greencastle, PA. This resort is popular for it's close proximity to Washington D.C. and the Maryland border, so there is a variety of people that will come up for the day on weekends. Well when I was there the first person I met was someone that moved to the U.S. from Israel 3 years ago. He said it was his first time skiing and that he could never do so in Israel because the very few (and rare) times it snowed on the mountain(s) everyone would flock there and it would be too overcrowded. I never even knew that there are some rare times people could ski in Israel!

Another person I met that day was a man who worked at the resort. He was an older man that has been skiing for years, but he was talking about his experiences skiing in Colorado and in the Swiss Alps. He said skiing in the Swiss Alps were cool because one day they were like "let's go to Italy for lunch!" and would ski down so they'd end up in Italy. How cool is that?

Lastly, I met a girl who was my age and we ate lunch together in the lodge. She said it was her first time skiing but she needed a break and let her boyfriend take some time to ski the bigger slopes. It was nice getting to know her too even though one might not think she had any big stories to tell like the man from Israel or the man that went skiing in the Swiss Alps.

You never know who you'll meet on the slopes, but you always learn something new about someone.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.

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The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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