Opening Another Chapter – Brittany’s Skiing Retirement
I was in quite a bit of shock when I crossed the line after my 30k at nationals and got pummeled with a burst bottle of champagne! Admittedly the champagne helped to wake me up from my disbelief that this may have been, was most likely to be, actually… WAS the last race of my career. Honestly, I can’t even describe all those feelings going through me: joy that the 30 was over, disappoint that the 30 didn’t go so well, relief that I was pretty sure I was done my career, gratitude for all my friends and the hugs, exuberance in a shared season finale, and a deepset sadness but yet happiness that this was all coming to a close. Those are rare moments when life presents itself that raw to you. I felt so alive.
Reflecting on my career, I think that is what I am most grateful for- the feeling of pure ALIVENESS that racing gave me. The huge highs, equally as low lows, the huge amount of suffering, and the oh so good feeling of satisfaction. I am proud to say that this was officially my last hurrah in the sport of skiing, but although it is the end of my ski race career, it certainly is not the end of skiing or the friends and family I have met along the way. Thank you all so much for supporting me through this amazing journey in my life. It was exciting to share it with you all, and I am looking forward to sharing more amazing life moments with you in a different part of my life 🙂
To my family (extended family too, you know who you are!!) thank you so much for everything> you have been my rock, through and through, every day I thank God you are there for me. To Mike, thank you for believing in me and lifting me back on my own to feet when I was broken. I would have never gone to the 2014 Games or the 2013 World Champs if it weren’t for you. To Cal Botteril and your family, for being there to help me and my family when we needed you most. To Highlands Nordic and my team there, all my supporters back home in Caledon and to you special ones in Collingwood too. To Thunder Bay, and NTDC, for making me great and giving me my first home away from home. To my sponsors, Salomon, OneWay, Fischer, Cavaliere, Encana, and my personal sponsors (you know who you are), I could not have done it without you. To Classroom Champions and Mito Canada for giving me something to race for and give back to. You give me light! To Chris Jeffries, Stef Kuhn, Norbert Miere, again Mike, and all the Academy Staff thanks for your support this ski season. To my team- The AWCA- I’ll be cheering you all on as I watch you rock it on the World Cup!!
As you all most likely know, my season was a dismal one this year. I was in great shape prior to race season, but a bad foot injury kept me out of the races until late February. It wasn’t what I had envisioned for my last year racing, but I have learned time and time again that life deals you a hand that you just can’t control. The best way to deal with the situation is to simply accept it and make the most out of life in whatever way you can! That is something that never came easily to me. I love controlling everything, but the many speed bumps that I had during my career had taught me this oh so important life lesson in spades. Every time I didn’t learn, life would throw another curve ball in my way. Most of all I thank this sport for teaching me this, it has made me a very happy person who can accept any situation, and that to me is more important than any Olympic medal.
So on I go, to another chapter! I am in business school with a plan to complete my masters in physiotherapy and one day own a clinic of my own. I am getting married to Mike Sept 5, my sister is getting married the following year and we both want to have kids! That plus my COG Race team and that group of awesome triathlon girls will keep me busy!
Thanks again to everyone for all your support!
(this article was originally posted on Brittany’s personal website www.brittanywebster.net )
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