"Never give up." - Erik Schlopy
Erik Schlopy, 3x Olympic Skier and former World Cup ski racer joins The Brink of Midnight Podcast.
Erik Schlopy is a walking miracle and may even be part super hero. "Schlopes" is a three-time Olympic alpine skier for Team USA, World Champion, 7-time National Champion, and last year, was inducted into the USA Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Considered an innovator for Team USA skiing, he helped establish Team USA's European training base in Austria with teammate Bode Miller and has been credited for advancing the "double stack" structure for ski bindings that allows ski racers to travel at greater speeds. He’s also married to one of our previous podcast guests, Olympic swimmer, Summer Sanders.
Erik is indestructible. He has not one, but several remarkable comeback stories. He made his second Olympic team cobbling together race wins and points after being ranked dead last in the world. He’s experienced crashes that will send chills down your spine, and has come back strong from an unthinkable list of injuries. He’s even survived a deadly avalanche in the famed Alaskan Chugach mountains...and that's only a few stories among many.
Erik's collection of accomplishiments and comebacks will blow you away, but what is perhaps most striking are his abilities to never give up and to let instinct take over when it’s needed most.
In this conversation, we go on an unreal adventure exploring Erik's journey and hone in on what it takes to both survive and perform when the deck is stacked against you.
Sit back, listen, and enjoy the wild ride of Erik's life and hard-earned lessons. You just might leave this conversation feeling a little more like a super hero!
ERIK'S WORDS OF WISDOM
“Never give up.”
“Whether or not you win an Olympic medal or your compete through high school, you still have 50 years of your life. If you don’t love the sport you’re in, you’re missing out on 50 years of sharing a wonder.”
“The ultimate goal for me is the enjoyment of sport.”
“Respect each others’ opinions and open the lines of communication with one another…and realize it’s OK to agree to disagree.”
“You don’t wake up and win every day. You have to have patience and realize that life has ebb and flow.”
“Forgiveness goes a long way.”
ERIK'S CHARITABLE WORK
Right To Play uses play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities.
World Cup Dreams Foundation helps fund dreamers of all ages and disciplines from Olympians to Junior National Champions.
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