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Summer With the Pros

Pro skiers spend their summers pounding nails or waitressing, right? Maybe back in the pioneering days of pro skiing, but now, summer lifestyle includes anything from traveling to other parts of the world to ski, training for upcoming events, or perfecting other talents, like music, or making piñatas.
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“Healing is a matter of time, but sometimes also a matter of opportunity." -Dan MillmanAs I sit here thumbing through a book that C.R. once recommended to me, I flip to this quote. I feel like he could have said these words himself. The words have truth to them, a truth that C.R. instilled in me on more than one occasion. He was with me when I got hurt last season and I don't think I could have been with anyone better. He reminded me that life is good and cheered me right up as he sang along to his mediocre guitar tune and made up a song about my knee. He made me laugh often. Being in his presence, I had to stay positive. He had overcome career-ending injuries before and surpassed all expectations by coming back with vengeance and even landing a third place finish at this year’s Redbull Linecatchers event.To make a donation in C.R's name, go to www.crjohnson.org.

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