AST 2020 Athlete Journal: Cassidy Gray

For my athlete journal this week I chose to do something slightly different then the traditional recap of our racing and training. I decided to take this athlete journal to recognize our families, in every shape and size that they come. It is so easy for us to get lost in our own routine, with the early mornings, long travel days, and spending many hours of the day on the hill or in the gym. We tend to overlook the volunteers who spend so much of their time putting on races for us, as well as the fans who so intently watch live timing every time we leave the start. Believe it or not, my parents haven’t won a single medal, even though they have been the most faithful supporters since day 1. Although this is technically an athlete journal, I would like to make it more of a toast!

To my family, near and far, who have believed in me no matter what the clock says. Thank you guys for being my biggest fans, for supporting my skiing, and most importantly, supporting what I choose to be passionate about. You guys have turned me into the person I am today. From my very first snow plow, to me being able to racing all over the world, you have stuck with me through all the highs and lows. You guys are my rock!

To the amazing ski racing community in Alberta, who have worked tirelessly so I, along with many other young Albertans, can grow up in one of the most genuine and caring communities. Although most of you may not be blood related to me, I have never had a doubt that this community is a true family. I am so grateful for the fist bumps from the starter before my run, and the hugs from parents at the bottom of the hill!

Lastly, to my team. My current team, and my home team. Thank you guys for pushing me, cheering for me, and continuing to inspire me. You will always be my teammates, and many of you have turned into life long friends. There is so much to be said about the kids in this community. Alberta has so much to be proud of in the athletes they are bringing up!

There are so many individuals that lift every single one of us athletes up. I think that they truly deserved to be recognized. From sponsors, to parents, to coaches, to aunts and uncles, to trainers, to our AASA board, there is not a single medal that belongs solely to one person. It is earned by this amazing family we have in our corner, and I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for being in mine!

Cheers to you all! Thank you for being my family!

Xoxo – Cass

Check out Cassidy’s Athlete Profile here