Young skiers and snowboarders look up to Olympians
It clearly takes years of hard work, training and dedication to become an Olympic athlete.
With the Olympics underway on NBC3, skiers and snowboarders are paying close attention here at Labrador Mountain where instructors are using the Olympics to motivate these young athletes.
Danielle Burhans gathers her kids around for a pep talk before and after each lesson.
Burhans is always teaching them the skills and tricks they need to know to master this winter sport.
Burhans said she wants to give these kids hope that someday they could become an Olympian.
“Their dreams can come true if they are hard working and dedicated to it. I have a lot of great snowboarders this year that I have taught lessons too,” Burhans said.
The Olympics gives kids the chance to see athletes like Shaun White overcome obstacles to become the best.
It inspires these young athletes to strive to do their best while taking on these challenges.
“You guys are just like them they started out just like you taking lessons, now look at them,” Burhans said.
The slopes were filled with young skiiers and snowboarders on Tuesday evening.
Jameson Swabb, a young snowboarder said his favorite thing to do is tricks, hitting those jumps just like the famous athletes he sees at the Olympics going for gold.
“If I keep practicing I can get better and then I can hit the jumps and hit the grinds and hit everything,” Swabb said.
Young athletes out here know it takes hard work to be an Olympic athlete.
These young children and teenagers said hitting the slopes each week helps boost their confidence to keep racing toward their goals.
“It takes a lot of muscle and skill. You probably have to practice over and over again,” said young skier Taryn Quinn.
These young athletes are also learning how to handle disappointment.
Watching the Olympic athletes pick themselves up after a fall is teaching them to do the same.