Tea with a Titan: Mercedes Nicoll

Tea with a Titan

tea with a titan

I was lucky enough to be introduced to writer/speaker/performer and all round great human Mary-Jo Dionne this spring at the RBC branch opening in the Vancouver Olympic Village. Mary-Jo instantly asked me to be on her podcast Tea with a Titan. Tea with a Titan is a weekly 1 hour podcast with host Mary-Jo Dionne interviewing entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, artist, philanthropist, thought-leader, difference maker with the quest for greatness.

Tea with a Titan: Mercedes NicollWe talked Olympics, growing up in a life of sport, over coming challenges, what it takes to be an athlete and so much more. I had so much fun chatting with Mary-Jo please take the time to listen to our conversation!

TEA with a TITAN: Mercedes Nicoll

Tea with a Titan: Mercedes Nicoll

Thanks

xoxo

Mercedes

The Trans Canada Trail; The Great Trail

The Trans Canada Trail

The Great Trail

 

Trans Canada Trail logoI was honored to be invited to partake and speak at the fourth Ladies hike of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) soon to be known as The Great Trail.

Trans Canada Trail Ladies Hiking Group

Valerie Pringle, Laureen Harper, Deborah Apps – TCT CEO, Andrea Cohen-Barrack, Cate Hyde, Wendy Southall, Simone Hicken – TCT VP Resource, Alix Nicoll, Megan Whittingham, Trisha Beaty, Nancy Laughton, Julie Sleeman, Susan Hawkins, Mercedes Nicoll, Jessica Maga, Karen Elliott – Squamish Council

Quick Facts About The Great Trail (The Trans Canada Trail)

Trans Canada Trail map

  • Launched in 1992 as a legacy project of Canada 125
  • Six preferred uses: walking/hiking, cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling
  • When fully connected in 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Trail will be nearly 24,000 kilometres long and a natural stage for Canadians to celebrate the milestone year.
  • After 2017 it will continue to get better, with loops and spurs already being discussed, a few of them in the area we will be visiting
  • Today, the Trail is 86% connected, with approximately 3,300 kilometres to be connected
  • The Trail impacts many facets of Canadian life:
    Creates a sustainable gift for future generations
    Promotes health by inspiring active living and transportation
    Protects the environment by preserving green space and promoting conservation
    Deepens awareness of our history, culture and natural heritage
    Stimulates economic development through tourism and job creation
  • Today, the Trail is 86% connected, with approximately 3,300 kilometres to be connected

 

Friday Afternoon: The Sea to Sky Gondola

Last weekend, June 15-17th 2016 was a busy one. Ladies Hiking group was stacked with power house women from family friend and all time star Valerie Pringle to CEO of the Trans Canada Trail Deborah Apps these ladies were up for a hike!
Starting off with a trip up The Sea to Sky Gondola taking in the stunning views. We were in good hands following our trusty guide John along with Squamish council woman Karen Elliott, hiking up to take in some more spectacular views of the how sound and surrounding mountains and walking over their suspension bridge for photo opportunities. If you haven’t been up there it’s a must do!

The Sea to Sky Suspension Bridge

We all enjoyed a delicious VIP dinner on the deck of the Summit Eatery and Edge Bar while leaning from local native Alice Guss  who welcomed us with songs and had all of us up dancing as wolfs, eagles and whales. A hard act to follow I was happy to share my Olympic experiences of perseverance.

Squamish Cultural Ambassador Alice Guss and Mercedes Nicoll

Saturday Morning: The Great Trail (The Trans Canada Trail)

Saturday morning was time to fuel up and take to the TCT sporting our new The Great Trail shirts! We took in the beautiful brandywine falls following Parks and Trails Coordinator for the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Allison MacDonald. Taking the TCT trail north towards Whistler.

Nice view to start our morning @tctrail

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The TCT is 86% complete with only 3,300 kilometres to be connected! There is one man that will have almost completed walking the trail read about Dana’s coast to coast to coast walk here:

Trans-Canada Trail explorer to be first to walk from coast to coast to coast

Trans Canada Trail

Saturday Afternoon: The Audain Art Museum

Audain Art Museum Architecture

Whistler has so much to offer now it has even more! Inside this amazing piece of architecture is the massive permanent collection art from Mr Audain. The Audain Art Museum holds up to three temporary exhibitions a year as well.

Finishing up the evening with some well deserved lobster by the wonderful host Andrew Prossin, Manager Director of One Ocean Expeditions.

lobster

See all the photos from the trip on my

Facebook Photo Album

xoxo

Mercedes

 

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Named to the National Team

Named to the 2016-2017 National Team

 

Two years ago I wasn’t sure if I would ever snowboard again. Being named to the Canadian National Snowboard Team isn’t something that I would normally be over the moon about, but this year the Team announcement has a huge importance to me. I’ve been on the Canadian National Snowboard Team for over 15 years. Being named to the team this year means more to me than ever before.

 


 

My Sochi Story

After a long journey recovering from a concussion that happened in Sochi 2014, l feel like myself again. For those of you that don’t know my story, I fell almost three stories in the halfpipe at the 2014 Sochi Games. Crashing and landing on my hip and smashing my face in practice. Hardly able to put weight on my right leg and unaware that I had suffered a concussion I got back up and tried to compete. Needless to say I wasn’t competing to the best of my ability, not making it on the podium, I was not even a competitor.

 


Recovery

My recovery from that concussion took me on a journey. From not being able to walk or talk, unable to write my own name, I couldn’t even watch a movie. This was my new reality. I just watched a quick video with Travis Pastrana that hit a cord with me, in his worst accident all he was thinking about was getting back out there to do the trick that took him out again.

Mercedes Nicoll Sochi Olympics, black eyePeople think we’re crazy, but it’s our passion, we all have our passions, snowboarding is my passion, it’s what get’s us out of bed in the morning, how could you not want that feeling again? It took me three months in a dark room, countless doctor visits and appointment over two years. My biggest struggle was not the depression it was listening to my body. Being true to myself knowing I wasn’t healed and missing out on two years of life and snowboarding. The whole time knowing all I wanted was to get back to what I love doing, get back to snowboarding.

Mercedes Nicoll Whsitler/Blackcomb


My Love

My love affair with snowboarding has been going on a long time, 20 years. After the 2010 Winter Games I have started each season with the understanding that if I didn’t love competing anymore I would stop. These past two years have been a roller coaster but in January 2016, I got back into the halfpipe. I was training again, not to the best of my ability prior to my crash, but I learnt to celebrate the small goals. In February, my competition season started. I placed as top Canadian in two World Cups and in March I won Canadian Nationals. Knowing I wasn’t snowboarding as well as I knew I could, I was overwhelmed with emotion and  have never been so proud of myself for getting back out there.

 


Hard Work Pays Off

This was not an easy journey for me, but believing in myself, staying positive and having the right people surrounding me I was able to work my way back to the podium. I’m finally back on the competition circuit and happy to announce that I’ve been named to the Canadian National Snowboard Team for another year. Two years ago I wasn’t sure if this would be a possibility, I couldn’t be happier to represent Canada and get back to what I love.

Mercedes Nicoll Canadian National Champion

xoxo

Mercedes Nicoll


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TedX Youth Granville Mercedes Nicoll

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I’m pleased to share that I will be one of 11 speakers at TedX Youth@Granville this year, June 5th 2016. The theme being ‘Focus’ seems fitting for me to share my last Olympic experience with the audience of 250 youngsters.

TedX Theme FOCUS image


Other speakers

Danny Ramadan  Canadian-Based Syrian author and journalist

Amy Pezzente works for three nonprofit organizations: The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program, and the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders

Rishabh Chaudhary  co-founder of taski

Carly Sotas author of Illusion

Matt Clarke Vancouver based filmmaker, writer, actor, musician and comedian

Nicole Ticea developed and early -stage HIV test when she was in Grade 10

High on Life  Parker, Ryker and Alexey adventure seekers and video makers turned life into a thriving lifestyle brand

Check out Tedxyouthgranville for others

 

Calgary Giving Back

GIVING BACK

Riders on Board Girls night with Mercedes Nicoll

I spent some time at Winsport in Calgary early January and got a great opportunity to ride with the Riders on Board girls crew Tuesday night, January 12th. Teammate Katie Tsuyuki and I took the girls for some laps helping them with their riding skills and taking them through the mini pipe giving out tips. It’s so great to see girls riding from the age of 4 up!

I also had a time being a guest judge at Calgary’s Royal Board Shop mini pipe Royal Series contest. Girls and boys ripping up Winsports mini pipe winning Royal Bucks for progression, everyone taking home something. The big prize of the night was The Most Stoked Award, perfect award for snowboarding. Great to see everyone cheering and helping each other out, that’s why I snowboard having a good time with good friends, pushing each other to try new tricks and challenge each other!

Royal Board Shop mini pipe with Mercedes Nicoll

School Presentation at one of Calgarys top Private schools. I got to speak for the kindergarden-grade three classes touching on The Olympics, Goals, Overcoming challenges, and getting out there to try new things.

Halfpipe Fam Jam Photo Album

Halfpipe Fam Jam Photo Album

Something that started out as a couple of ideas from both Dominique Vallee and myself soon became an event. We couldn’t be happier with the turnout at the ina. We have such a great community of friends in the snowboard and ski world that I consider family. Check out the photo album by Rich Glass, videos of the day and long list of friends that came out to play in the halfpipe!

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Photos are up!

Flicker album by Rich Glass Click here or the photo above.


Inaugural Halfpipe Fam Jam

Old friends, new friends, kids, snowboarders, skiers, tunes pumping, sun shining for our Inaugural Halfpipe Fam Jam. What an amazing day! Mother Nature was on-board and cooperated, that’s what happens when it’s not a contest, the sun shines. We had the best MC’s in the world Chris ‘Nix’ Nicholls and Steward Andrews in fine form coming up with contests throughout the day; biggest air, best handplant and shirts off for Dom’s birthday. These two teaming up made the event having never MC’d together we knew it was bound to be a good time. They call it how it is!

Whistler Blackcomb, Oakley Canada, World Ski and Snowboard Festival – WSSF shared the love of the Halfpipe Fam Jam. We had three different generations of snowboarders and skiers hiking the Blackcomb halfpipe April 9th 2016. Thank you everyone that came out if you’re sad you missed out or couldn’t make it don’t worry we’ll be there next year and we can’t wait!

Whistler Blackcomb April 9th edit

 

Mike Hart with the session ending mctwist


 

‘Till Next Year

Thank you!

Friends and Family

Aaron Santos
Adam Levitt
Akasha Weisgarber
Ali Tracy
Alison Pasemko
Amanda Mourant
Andrea Volker
Anna Ruth
Audrée Duclos Paré
Barker Matt
Billy Pelchat
Brendan Davis
Candice Drouin
Carter Smith
Charles White
Chris Brown
Claudia Bambi
Dan Raymond
Darryl McDonald
David Porchron
Derek Livingston
Dom Vallee
Gabe Langlois
Gabriel Authier
Genevieve Strachan
Ikka Backstrom
Jen Girardi
Jesse Kumlea
JF Pelchat
Joe McAdoo
Joel Loverin
Josie B.
Juliette Pelchat
Justin Lamoureux
Kelly Kaye
Kevin Hole
Kimmie G
Kyle Thomas
Leah Veronica
Maggie Crompton
Marie Kosmik Fortin
Marie-Laurence Héon
MC
Mike Augeris
Mike Hart
Miller Time
Nix oo
Olivier Roy
Phill Alexander
Phillip Maclarn
Rob Picard
Robert Fagan
Rube Goldberg
Sam Weston
Sarah Kopinya
Scotty Newman
Steph Meagher
Stuart Andrews
Sydney Bey
Todd Malus
Tom Velisek
Tosh Osaka
Travis Williams
Whistler Valley Snowboard Club
Zachary Wade

Whistler Blackcomb

Oakley Canada

WSSF

Dom Vallee

xoxo

Mercedes

 

Halfpipe Fam Jam 2016

Halfpipe Fam Jam 2016

Time for a fun spring  pipe session? The pipe on Blackcomb is looking really good. Both Dom Vallee and myself want to get back to the good old days, back when everyone was hiking the pipe together, having fun, no stress, no contest, just plain old fun in the sun and pipe. Let’s ride and hike the pipe like its the early 2000’s all over again friends! Win $300 more details here BEST CLIP!

The one and only Feet Banks sums it up perfectly in his Whistler.com blog post;

No Contest: Fam Jam Hottest New WSSF Event

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Pique NewsMagazine write up 

Nicoll, Vallee roll out Halfpipe Fam Jam Casual event late addition to WSSF slate

INFO

  • Everyone’s invited
  • April 9th 11-3
  • It’s not a contest just fun riding with friends
  • Mc’s Stuart Andrews and Chris “Nix” Nichols (we have no control over them)
  • It’s also Dom Vallee’s Birthday so give her a hug!
  • INVITE & TELL EVERYONE you can think of, let’s make this memorable
  • Oakley is sponsoring the event with prizes
  • HAVE FUN
  • Win $300 more details here BEST CLIP

Unplugged with Mercedes Nicoll-I Believe

I BELIEVE

Unplugged with Mercedes Nicoll

I Believe-Unplugged with Mercedes Nicoll

 

I Believe-Unplugged with Mercedes NicollHalfpipe Season 2016 Photo Album HERE

I Believe in ME

January 2016 was full of mixed emotions; being scared, excited and so happy. After almost 2 years of not being sure if I would get back in the halfpipe, in early January I made my way out to Calgary and got back into it. I knew I had a lot of mental barriers to get over just getting back into a 22 foot halfpipe, doing straight airs, working my way up to tricks.

I still got alotta fight left in me!

I had a lot of people tell me I should retire, this could be a retiring injury, my concussion from Sochi 2014. Being an athlete that only makes us want it more. I’m not done, I’ll prove you wrong, but more importantly I’ll prove to myself that I CAN. That’s what’s so important about returning from injury, believing in yourself knowing you can and will do what you love again. It’s not an easy road there are days that you’re all alone forcing yourself to dig deep, push your limits further because you have goals.

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Tears-Smiles-Fears

From this experience I can tell you I had tears, smiles, and fears. Tears on my face of joy with gurgled laughs because I’d tried tricks in the pipe again. I had smiles with friends as well as inwards to myself that warm, tingly spring in your step type smile because I was in love again, over the moon happy in the halfpipe and proud of myself. I had fears of falling not being able to do things I used to. I”m happy to say that, my muscle memory came back quickly. I was in the pipe starting off small making my way up to spinning again.

Taking the time to reflect that I was unable to talk or walk properly 2 years ago, getting back into the pipe alone is a reason to celebrate and every trick was a celebration. We are always so focused on the big goal that celebrating the small goals are usually overlooked.  With the great guidance from friend and coach Josh Duncan reminding me to celebrate the small goals was reason enough to keep smiling and wanting more.

Mercedes Nicoll halfpipe fronside air snowboarding Calgary Jan 2016


I’m NOT Done!

Being in Calgary and in the halfpipe again made me realize, I’m not done! Talking with friend and coach JJ Thomas I decided after a long fall of gym time getting my muscles back, having spent 2 weeks training in the halfpipe getting my legs back I put my name down for the Park City Grand Prix. I was now ready to get into my first contest since my 2014 crash. Not having all my tricks back I signed up knowing just getting in there again would be a great barrier to overcome.

This contest was different, I wasn’t concerned about the result I was doing this to be prove to myself that I could and to be proud of myself, I can, I will and I did. Tears of joy when I finished my first contest run, something I did not foresee, they were the happiest tears I’d had in 2 years. Finally I wasn’t sad, frustrated, or unsure, I was in my element, I was back! I wish I could have shared that moment and every small celebration with you all, but you have your own goals to celebrate. I ended up top Canadian in the halfpipe contest that day and at the next World Cup in Japan.

Mercedes Nicoll Podium Nationals 2016

Pique Newsmagazine Article HERE


I’m BACK!

As you can see in the image above the smile says it all. Yes I’ve won the Canadian National title 4x but this one, this one means more to me than you can imagine. 2 years ago at the 2014 Sochi Games I was on crutches with a black-eye with people asking me if I will go to the next games, that’s always the question. I honestly didn’t know at that time, and the journey that came next I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get back into the halfpipe. So, yes, to call this a comeback seems fitting. It has not been an easy journey there have been good days, dark days, happy days, bad days, lonely days, frustrating days, days I had to keep my chin up, fake smile days, every day believing in myself.Believe in Yourself Even if Nobody Else Does

I celebrate the small victories taking it one step at a time, I have never felt this driven and totally focused to achieve my future goals.

xoxo

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Why Risk it?

WHY Do We Do IT?

I have shared my stories with you on my blog. I want you to have an understanding about what I have gone through with hopes to inspire. I’ve learned a lot overcoming this last injury.

If you haven’t followed my story check out my unplugged blog series;

  1. VALUES blog shares what I learned as I had time to reflect.
  2. GET TO KNOW YOURSELF blog  takes you though my journey from Sochi to now.
  3. This one sharing WHY RISK IT? Gives you a look at barriers that get in our way.

As I said in my last blog I couldn’t be happier, after a long time with concussion symptoms I can finally say that I’m back! Symptom free and loving every minute on my board. Being back on my board was a huge goal of mine since my crash in Sochi 2014. Today I’m happy to share another goal of mine with you.


WHAT MAKES YOU SMILE?

At last I have a huge smile back on my face it’s been missing the last year and a half!

I have the honor of riding for Whistler Blackcomb as an athlete and as part of their Ski or Ride with an Olympian Program.

Sweet dreams;) #snowboarding @whistlerblackcomb #dreamy #🏂 #boarding #whistler 📸: @mikecranephotography

A photo posted by Mercedes Nicoll🇨🇦 (@mercedesnicoll) on

Now that I’m back on my snowboard I’ve had the great opportunity to share World Snowboard Day 2016 with the world from Whistler Blackcomb riding the fresh snow watch here. I have also been on photo shoots with Whistler locals Mike Crane and Paul Morrison.

 


WHAT ARE CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS?

Lets get real, everyone who sustains a concussion experiences different symptoms. The first time you get one it might be; headaches and dizziness. The second time your symptoms could be completely different; nausea and irritability.

This concussion came with a whole set of different symptoms than I had experienced before.  For a full list of different concussion symptoms you anc check it out here.

My concussion sustained in Sochi 2014 came with a lot of symptoms here are a few;

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Foggy
  • headaches
  • Nausea
  • Pressure in Head
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Balance Problems
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Sensitivity to Noise
  • Feeling Slowed Down
  • Didn’t feel Right
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • More Emotional

 

This past October, after working with a lot of different Doctors, being patient with myself and taking the time to heal, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally pushed through and am feeling great back on my board.


WOULD YOU GET BACK UP?

Something stayed with me since my crash, I would regret not trying. I knew I wanted to get back up, back into the halfpipe. I knew I would get back into the halfpipe. Thing is I had no idea what would happen. Not knowing when the time would be right, not knowing when my body would be ready, physically and most of all mentally.

Getting back into the halfpipe the thing that took me out was something I had to do for me.
Knowing how small goals make HUGE goals achievable I was on the path to get back in the pipe.

Don’t for a second thing I wasn’t scared, I was but this quote sums it up

As I said in my VALUES blog I have

  • Determination
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Strength
  • Motivation

RISK EQUALS REWARD

March 2015

Exhaustion and fatigue took over. I still had concussion symptoms I pushed through the pain. I was mentally strong wanting to achieve this goal of getting back into the halfpipe but I wasn’t ready. I needed more time to heal my brain and build up my muscles again. So I waited and worked hard.

October 16th 2015

This was the day my symptoms cleared. Time to work even harder time to get physically strong. I spent the rest of October, November and December putting in the time that was necessary in the gym and on hill getting my snow legs back at Whistler Blackcomb and the Richmond Oval.

Battling fear and doubt are never easy. The mental game is something we all battle. We can all get physically ready with hard work but being mentally ready is a whole other game. Overcoming your fears pushing yourself is something you and you alone can get through.

December 2016

Deep down I knew I it was time and on January 07th 2016 I was determined I drove myself to Calgary to test the waters in the perfectly cut, private halfpipe at Winsport. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to get back into the halfpipe. Sharing the pipe with friends on the Canadian National Halfpipe Ski Team, HalfpipeCAN team mate Katie Tsuyuki, friends Louie Vito and Shaun White.

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Winsport January 2016

I was unsure of how this was going to go with the help and support of my snowboard family and friends it was a great success. A lot of barriers to break through but I’m happy to say that once again I am at home on a snowboard and in the halfpipe.

That was some drive #Calgary to #whistler #🚗 #rockeymountains #🏔 #beautydrive #roadtrip

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People define snowboarding as fun I think there’s so much more to it than that. This trip is what snowboarding is, being around friends, challenging ourselves, overcoming mental challenges, getting out of our comfort zones, remembering to celebrate the small goals achieved. It was an emotional roller coaster for me, but I couldn’t be happier. Tears of joy streamed out as I overcame those mental barriers. I never thought I could feel more comfortable in the halfpipe than I did at the end of the week.

People can think what they want; I’m crazy for getting back into it, but if you ask me

I love to smile, I love to snowboard, I love a challenge, I love my friends, I love inspiring, I love sharing my passion and I love to compete.

How could anyone or anything stop me from doing that?

I’m so grateful and appreciate all my friends that have helped me through the way with their advice and being sound boards. Without their help I know I wouldn’t be back in the pipe.


 

Why Risk It?

 

I am back on my board, I am back in the pipe, I will compete again (something I didn’t even know until a couple days ago).

Please Believe in yourself.

xoxo

Mercedes

 

 

 

 

What Are You Thankful For?

I’m Thankful to be Back

I’m thankful to be symptom free, after a long year and a half of suffering: headaches, lost personality, depression and being on an emotional rollercoaster. I have my personality back, I’ve dealt with depression by having goals. I’m back doing what I love, what makes me happiest, I’m back on my board! I have a massive smile on my face, ear to ear, even in the rain and wind.

Mercedes Nicoll Whistler Blackcomb Dec 16 2015 powder slash

I’m thankful to be back snowboarding! It is and will always be part of my life.


I’m Thankful for the Whistler Community

I wouldn’t be where I am today, back on my board, without my Whistler community. This Holiday Season I’m grateful and thankful for my friends, family and community. I’m a lucky girl; I’ve had the opportunity to grow up in Whistler. Whistler Kids are rare bread, our high school now consists of 400 students from grade 8-12, my graduating class was a total of 50 students.

Whistler Olympic Plaza, Whistler Mountain in the background photo: Mike Crane

I’m proud to be part of an amazingly caring, giving and active community. I wouldn’t be where I am today, concussion symptom free, without the support of my community; family, friends, Doctors, physios, massage therapists that I’ve worked with.

Thank you Back in Action, Whistler Medical Clinic, Whistler Integrative Wellness, Echo Chic, my whole family and friends that have been there for me though this rough year and a half.


I’m Thankful to Give Back to the Community

Sharing is one of the values I listed in my Values Blog. Over my years traveling, competing, overcoming injuries and being part of Team Canada I have learned a lot. My community has been so supportive of me. My way of giving back is by sharing my experiences and stories to inspire youth, adults, and everyone in-between.

For years I have been visiting Myrtle Philip, my old elementary school, sharing stories with the kids. This Holiday season I got the chance to put my figure skates back onMercedes Nicoll Figure skating with Myrtle Philip kids and hit the rink with the grade 3-4 split class who were out with the kindergarten class. I was able to share my story about growing up in the same town as they did and how I became a three time Olympian. Reminding them to try all different sport and that being active keeps you mentally strong and happy.Mercedes Nicoll Figure skating with Myrtle Philip kids

The Holidays are a great time to give back and remind everyone that the gift of sport is a great thing. Dec. 9th I was honored to be  Whistler Secondary School hockey and soccer academy students first motivational speaker. Touching on my Sochi story, dealing with concussion. Also getting the kids to think about their passion, perusing it, and having a backup plan if injury comes along or you don’t make the team. Read the article here.

Mercedes Nicoll inspires WSS students


 

I’m Thankful to be a KidSport Ambassador

I also lent out my terrible singing voice to KidSport’s 12 days of Christmas:

If you can please give the gift of sport this Holiday Season, at KidSport.ca

Here’s the whole 12 days of KidSport Christmas carol staring:

Minister for Sport Hon.Carla Qua

Desiree Scott

Danielle Kisser

Mercedes Nicoll

Simon Whitfield

Karina LeBlanc

Kelsey Serwa

Michael Gilday

Brett Sutter

The Bunheads

T.Asmundson

Maelle Ricker


 

 

What’s Your Passion?

I’m thankful to be here to share my experiences. Everyone is passionate about something; sports, arts, education, what’s yours? Never forget with hard work, drive and passion, you can achieve your goals.*sorry for my singing I’ll be sure to stick to snowboarding;)

Happy Holidays!

xoxo

Mercedes

 

 

RBC Sports Day in Canada Recap

RBC Sports Day in Canada


RBC Sports Day in Canada was Saturday, November 21st, and it was a star studded, fun filled day, presented by ParticipACTION, CBC Television and True Sport. RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high performance activities.

At the Richmond Olympic Oval there were 8 RBC Olympians in attendance;

Zach Bell Cycling, Ryan Cochrane Swimming, Douglas Vandor Rowing, Sylvia Kerfoot Freestyle Skiing, Trevor Hirschfield Wheelchair Rugby, Scott Dickens Swimming, myself Mercedes Nicoll Snowboarding, and Patrick Chan Figure Skating.

Highlights of the day were;

Learn to Skate with Patrick Chan, Lighting of the cauldron by the new minister of Sport in Canada, Carla Qualtrough, huge learn to play activation filled with RBC volunteers, and more.

 


 

What RBC Sports Day Means to Me

At the age of eight I decided I wanted to practice the piano. I had lessons and ended up at a piano recital, I sat down, started playing, realized something didn’t sound right, something was wrong, I looked down at my hands, yup I was in the wrong key. I looked at the crowd, looked back at my hands having no idea how to get out of this key, all I wanted was to get back to the one that would actually make this music I was playing sound good! There was no way out, I’m up on the stage, you can’t run or hide so, I kept playing, the whole song in the wrong key, the poor crowd. Once I was done, I held my head high as I walked out of that room. I never went back to piano lessons.

Lesson learned here was if you don’t try something, take a risk, you never know if you will succeed at anything. I tried playing the piano, embarrassed myself in front of a bunch of people, but that’s life! We all fail, but we learn from all these failures and make better decisions the next time. From this lesson I learned I am not musically talented, and I’m A Okay with that. If I hadn’t learned that I wouldn’t be where I am today, a snowboarder, three time Olympian.

What does Sports Day in Canada mean to me? It means giving kids the opportunity to take a risk, try something new that they may not have the opportunity to try. I’m passionate about kids trying new sports, I had the opportunity to try every sport I could fit into my schedule when I was a kid, just ask my parents! I wasn’t good at all of them, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to try.

Sports Day gives that chance to kids, it may give them hope where they may not have seen it before. I hope to inspire youth to go down the path of sport if they choose, I hope to inspire Canadians to keep moving, stay active while having fun.

I was lucky enough to help spread the word of RBC Sports Day 2015 through the RBC Sports Day Twitter Challenge. We challenged out followers to get communities all over Canada MOVING! Read more about that here and the results of the challenge here.

 


 

RECAP of RBC Sports Day 2015

 

Surprise Appearance RBC Olympian Patrick Chan

Fresh off his come back to competitive figure skating after taking a year off three-time world champion and RBC Olympian Patrick Chan took the time to head out to the west coast for a quick visit to partake in RBC Sports Day at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The lucky Saturday morning Richmond Olympic Oval skating class got a big surprise finding they had a chance to skate with the one and only Patrick Chan.

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For me it was nice to see my friend and part of my winter Olympic family. Patrick and I have been to two Winter Olympics together now, our hometown Games 2010 and Sochi 2014. After both taking a year off we had a lot to catch up on and are both looking forward to the next year of competition.

 

Live With CBC

CBC’s Scott Russell was at the Oval doing a live broadcast of RBC Sports Day. There was lighting of the 2010 cauldron by the new Minister of Sport in Canada,  Carla Qualtrough. Carla an inspiration to everyone, born with a visual impairment, she is a mother, lawyer, a director, former president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and was named one of Canada’s most influential women in sport six times. To say the least is was amazing to have Carla present at RBC Sports Day.

 

RBC Olympians

Representing RBC was Lisa Wittet, Vice President Integrated Markets and Andrew Shibata, Vice-President Brand Marketing, from the Toronto office. Followed by most of our BC RBC Olympians; Zach Bell Cycling, Ryan Cochrane Swimming, Douglas Vandor Rowing, Sylvia Kerfoot Freestyle Skiing, Trevor Hirschfield Wheelchair Rugby, Scott Dickens Swimming and myself Mercedes Nicoll Snowboarding. We had a great day meeting kids and parents, signing autographs, inspiring Canadians to get moving, and wanting to go in the RBC Learn to Play Activation.

BC RBC Olympians; Trevor Herschfield, Me, Zach Bell, and Doug Vandor.

Learn to Play

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Okay now to the fun fun part, the Learn to Play activation was the size of a basketball court. It was an obstacle course for kids to run and play through. I’m not going to lie I wanted in, it was like a huge jungle gym! Our amazing RBC volunteers were onsite helping kids through the course, interacting with parents and enjoying the interactive part of RBC Sports Day.

VIDEO From RBC Sports Day in Canada click here!

Huge thank you to all the volunteers that came out, this wouldn’t have been possible without your support.

Lets keep Canadians moving, get out there and try a sport that you haven’t yet!

xoxo

Mercedes

 

RBC Sports Day Twitter Challenge Results

RBC Sports Day

Twitter Challenge Results

Together We Raised $6,000!

 

Thank you all so much for your tweets and support over this fun twitter challenge. Together we raised $6,000 for the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation through the #RBCsportsday Twitter Challenge. We have really put #RBCsportsday on the twitter map. It’s trending and you have helped raise over $30,000 towards charities supporting kids sports.

Please have a look at the results below and see the amazing charities that are near and dear to our Olympic hearts. Check out the RBC Sports Day website for an event near you on November 21st. We really couldn’t have achieved this without all your support.

 

The Scoreboard;

#RBCsportsday Challenge Date Twitter winner RBC Olympian Winners
1. Share your fitness photo Nov 1-3 @RyanPekkaKangas  
2. Share your sports celebration photo Nov 4-6 @MarthMcC  
3. Share your celeb selfie Nov 7-9th @canrugger  
4. Share your pre-contest ritual Nov 10-12th @Tyler_Mills  
5. Share your sports throwback photo Nov 12-14th @whistlerlisa  

THANK YOU!!

xoxo

Mercedes Nicoll

 

 

RBC Sports Day Twitter Challenge

RBC Sports Day Twitter Challenge

RBC Sports day in Canada is just around the corner, November 21st. RBC Sports Day is a national celebration of the power of sport to build community and get Canadians moving.

 


WHO

5 RBC Olympians;

  Mercedes Nicoll

Snowboarding

@mercedesnicoll 

Patrick Chan

Figure skating

@Pchiddy

Brad Jacobs

Curling

@curlercups

Marie-Philip Poulin

Women’s hockey

@pou29

  Cassie Hawrysh

Skeleton

@CassieHawrysh

 

Have taken on the RBC Twitter Challenge from November 1st-15th, raising funds for our chosen kid sport organizations and I need YOUR help.

 

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When

The Challenge is from November 1st-15th.

 

#RBCsportsday Challenge Date Twitter winner RBC Olympian winners
1. Share your fitness photo Nov 1-3 @RyanPekkaKangas
2. Share your sports celebration photo Nov 4-6  
3. Share your celebrity selfie Nov 7-9th
4. Share your pre-competition ritual Nov 10-12th  
5. Share your best Throwback Thursday Nov 12-14th
  • November 15th Find out how much we raised for the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation!

 


Where

You can find the challenge on TWITTER.

To get a better idea of how it works, here are my photos so far;

 

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How YOU can Help & WIN

 

  • Share your challenge photos with  me @mercedesnicoll
  • use the #RBCsportsday hashtag
    • that is your entry to win a prize and help me raise funds for the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation!

 


What’s in it for You?

 

Not only will we be raising funds for our chosen kid’s sports organization, you could win a prize as well, follow #RBCsportsday join in on the challenge and tweet me your images.

There are 5 challenges, tweet me your fitness photo, help spread #RBCsportsday around the nation, and help me support my kid’s sport organization, The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.


About The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation

 

The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is an organization that raises funds for registered Sea to Sky charities, making it the largest fundraising organization in the area. Growing up in the Sea to Sky area, Whistler to be exact, this foundation is my choice because it supports so many great organization, to name a few;

Whistler Minor Baseball, Whistler Seawolves Swimming Club, Whistler Youth Soccer Association & Whistler Community Services Society, Whistler Gymnastics Club, Disabled Skiers Association of BC, Kelty Dennehey Foundation, Pemberton Skateboard Society, Pemberton Youth Soccer Association, Playground Builders Foundation, Sea to Sky Baseball Associationm,Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. For a full list of organizations The Whistler Blackcomb foundation support click the link wbfoundation


WB Foundation & Me

 

The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation supports some organizations that helped shape the person I am now;

Whistler Skating Club, before I was a snowboarder I competed as a figureskater.

Whistler Valley Snowboard Club, is the club that helped me get to my first snowboard contests.

Canadian Snowboard Federation, is the Canadian National Snowboard team that I have been apart of for 15+ years.


WB Foundation and KidSport

 

The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation also affiliated with another great organization that I work closely with, KidSport. The WB Foundation is the title sponsor for KidSport in Whistler and a major funder for the KidSport in Squamish.

 

Lets make this RBC Sports Day a HUGE celebration!

Together we can get Canadians MOVING!

xoxo

Mercedes Nicoll

RBC Olympian

Unplugged with Mercedes Nicoll- Get to Know Yourself

Unplugged with Mercedes Nicoll-

Get to Know Yourself

 

unplugged

As I said in my last blog about values I’ve had time to reflect. Being forced to unplug, due to my concussion, was really difficult at first. All I wanted to do was share my Olympic experience with everyone. Unfortunately that was not happening!

Most people don’t know that after the games, for about 3 months, I was in bed, unable to hold proper conversation or able to walk properly.

If you’ve even been in a car accident, you might know that symptoms can take up to two weeks to come about. I had hit the ‘2 week mark’ and my body hit a wall.

How I got around in Sochi, pushed on an airport trolly

In my case I had had symptoms while I was still at the games, but things were getting better, I thought I was on the up and ups. I was a spectator at 4 events at the Sochi 2014 Games; bobsleigh, hockey, snowboarding, and Ice skating, having all access to outdoor events, viewing 4 events is nothing.

Who can’t smile for 30 seconds while the camera is on them? Everyone back home was seeing me on TV at events, thinking I was fine, see what smoke and mirrors can do! It wasn’t all glam for me, as my teammates were out celebrating, I was in bed resting.

The resting time was a challenge for me, I suffer from serious FOMO(fear of missing out) and that was exactly what was happening. Once I got home, things went downhill. In short 3 months in bed, couldn’t talk or walk and have been on the road to recovery ever since.

I’ve had a lot of time to get to know myself.

 


Stay Positive

 

Some people think I’m crazy for wanting to get back to competition, but I’ve always tried to stay positive. Those people that were not, or are not positive along side me, I no longer have in my life. One of the hardest things to do is to cut people out of your life. I’ve found as I grow up, if someone’s going to be negative and put me down, I DO NOT NEED THEM in my life. I will not let them bring me down. I have goals and I’m keeping to them. What can I say; I’m driven.

mercedes snowboarding

Positive and Driven, these are two major things I knew about myself, but didn’t know the extent I used them in day to day life. While I reflected I knew I would do anything in my ability to get back to ‘normal’.

I, in no way realized just how bad things were. I never foresaw the length of time my recover would take. I had never been so so slowed down that I couldn’t talk, or walk, all I wanted was my personality back.

Well that took about a year, I turned a corner in February, my personality and activity lever was coming back around, I’m happy to say that I haven’t looked back yet.

Don’t get me wrong I still get worried that I could fall back into a depressed state. Yes, I suffered from depression along with everything else going on, I will talk about that in another post. Staying positive is a mental challenge at times, but in the long run, it’s worth it and a magical tool.



Get to Know Yourself

 

This is something I found much harder than I thought it would, getting to know myself. Not sure about you, but I usually learned the most about myself when I was in a relationship, or around friends being told the good, the bad, and the unknown. We don’t always take the time to think about who we are.

Remember it’s so important to get to know yourself.

she believed she could, so she did

Step back, this is where patience comes into play, we don’t take enough time for ourselves in the busy, hectic life.

I challenge you to get to know yourself better, the good, the bad, the ugly.

  • Take a moment to discover your quirks.
  • Question the way you converse and interact with others.
  • Think about how your values affect your day to day life and have made you who you are today.

If you need help check out this personality traits list.

Don’t be afraid to take a risk.


Some traits that resonate with me

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  • Active: I know I’m an Olympic athlete, but I never realized how many sports I did in a day until it was taken away from me, I have a new appreciation for my day to day activities.
  • Appreciative: I’m so appreciative for the huge support of friends and family.
  • Courageous: I had to be and will keep being courageous, with out it I fear I would still be in bed suffering from depression.
  • Creative: There’s not a lot to do when you’re unable to be active, watch TV, read books, I took up painting again and love it.
  • Educated: One of the tests I gave myself was enrolling in school this spring, I wanted to see if my brain was ready for it all: all round success!
  • Optimistic: I’m always an optimist, it’s gotten me through this.
  • Patient: I was NOT very patient before this, have learned to love it and embrace patience.
  • Realistic: I’m still realistic, knowing that I may not be able to get back to competition, but still optimistic.
  • Sober: What I have gone through is and was a sobering experience that led to knowing myself that much better.
  • Vivacious: I’m on my way back baby!

Read more on my recovery on the HalfpiprCAN Blog

‘Catching up with Mercedes’

https://halfpipe-can.squarespace.com/blog/

xoxo

M

Next Blog: Take Risks


 

Unplugged with Mercedes Nicoll- Values

Unplugged with Mercedes Nicoll- Values

When was the last time you ‘unplugged’? Now a days with so much going on in life and the easy accessibility to technology I find the time to ‘unplug’ more and more difficult. I think you all know what I’m talking about!

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I’ve spent the last year and a half working to get myself better from my crash at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. I had to ‘unplug’ for 3 months, no screen time, no books, light conversation once in a while, and slow, slow, slow activity, mostly walking. Over this time I have learned a lot about patience, family, friends, self discovery, and so much more. My emotions were heightened, by body was slowed down, and I fell into depression.

Sochi 2014 after my falls

I wanted to take some time to share what I’ve learned and think are important to me and should be to you. Sometimes we don’t take the time to learn more about ourselves until it is forced upon us. I hope you can learn from this and share with others.


 

Find you Values

 

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I am proud to have been brought up with a long list of values.

  • Accountability
  • Appreciation
  • Determination
  • Discipline
  • Encouragement
  • Fairness
  • Family
  • Financial independence
  • Freedom
  • Friendliness
  • Friendship
  • Gratitude
  • Helpfulness
  • Independence
  • Individuality
  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Modesty
  • Motivation
  • Patience
  • Perseverance
  • Pride
  • Reliability
  • Self-respect
  • Sharing
  • Strength
  • Support
  • Trust
  • Trustworthiness
  • Truth
  • Understanding
  • Volunteering
  • Warmheartedness

These are just some, I stumbled across this site, and encourage you to have a look and see what values you were brought up with. Think it over, really take the time, I had forgotten a few that are ingrained in me from childhood!


Ingrained Values

Recently I have realized as life goes on, we get so focused on work and what’s next, that some of our values slip from our minds. Yes most of them are ingrained in our brains from childhood, ‘be kind to others’, ‘love your family’, but when was the last time you actually thought about why you went to hold that door open for someone, or why you smiled to a complete stranger walking down the street (this could be a Canadian thing)? Why was that value of compassion ingrained in there.

Wedding time, not mine, #caseyandlindsay 💐#wedding #whistler @kaylabenbow @instakandle

A photo posted by Mercedes Nicoll🇨🇦 (@mercedesnicoll) on

 

This makes me think back on my childhood, my parents having to explain over and over again why we do what we do.

For instance a thank you letter or note.

How often do you get one? I send them as often as I can, that was something I was brought up with.

When I’m the recipient of a thank you, it makes my day, someone took the time out of their day to think about me, how special is that? How good does it feel to make someones day, even if just by an innocent smile:)?


Be Selfish

Unplug for a minute or five or an hour, be selfish, you deserve it and need it! I think it’s important to look back sometimes, take that moment to reflect on how we turned out the way we are today. Maybe you find you’ve forgotten some values like I did, maybe you have new ones to add to your list. Take the time to remember your values and what you value in yourself.

Soaking in the last days of summer here @gowhistler #unplugged #yoga #whistler #lakelife #👙 #summer2015 #smile #me

A photo posted by Mercedes Nicoll🇨🇦 (@mercedesnicoll) on


xoxo

M

Next Blog: Get to know yourself better


 

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Pride Parade

VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE

Aug 2nd 12pm

I WALK WITH PRIDE

I had no doubt in my mind when there was the opportunity to partake in the Vancouver Pride Parade that I would. I have had the honor of participating in Vancouver’s Pride Parade for the past two years, since the Canadian Olympic Committee has joined in asking if athletes would like to partake on behalf of Team Canada. I’m sad to say that I will not be at this years Vancouver Pride Parade, as I will be out of the country.


CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE LGBTQ

The Canadian Olympic committee has put in place a POWERFUL Public Service Announcement exploring and promoting LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or Questioning) inclusion in sport.

 


 MY BLINDNESS

After watching this video, I came to the conclusion that I will never feel how my  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or Questioning friends feel. I was blind to just how hard dealing with life is for them, because I am an accepting person, does not make everyone as accepting. I am no superhero, I can not change the minds of people set in their ways. I can however open their eyes, share with them my friends perspective, we can all share and listen.


ONE TEAM, TOGETHER

Please take the time, think about a difficult time in your life and how much easier it was with the support of your friends.  We are all ONE TEAM. Lets share, care, and love. I see every next generation transforming and becoming blind to any negativity towards who people love.


LOVE IS LOVE

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I’m grateful to have grown up in a generation that is blind to negative cogitations towards LGBTQ. I know that forward thinking and together we will make the negative views about LGBTQ a thing of the past.


 August 2nd is the 37th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade, go show your support!

This years theme: Gender Superheroes

When: Starts12:00 pm sharp

 

 

 

 

 

One Duck Brewing Co. Squamish BC

One Duck Brewing Co. Squamish BC

 →PLEDGE NOW!!←

THE VISION

I have such talented friends! I’m proud to present this kickstarter for One Duck Brewing Co. My long time friend from Whistler, Jesse Paine is opening a brewery in Squamish! The funds for this campaign will go towards building an inviting taproom and creating a bottle shop, allowing clients to take beer home with them.

 

THE BEER

Look out Squamish, One Duck Brewing CO will be locally owned and operated and will produce some of the finest handcrafted brews around. American Pale Ale (APA), Belgian Double, Black IPA, Flemish Red (sour beer), Belgian Wit, Belgian Tripel, are the beers on the list with more to come. More detail on the brews on the Kickstart Page.

 

THE NAME

The name One Duck came up as a lone duck kept coming to visit us while we were fishing; and then I remembered visiting One Duck Lake in Whistler when I was younger. One Duck reminds me of where I grew up and all of the wonderful outdoor activities it has to offer. To me, the name represents a place of fun and adventure.

THE PERKS OF HELPING

When you pledge to help One Duck Brewing Co come alive you recieve perks. This Kickstarter campaign has some great perks, but I think the best one is the One Duck Founding Member. This only has 2 places for pledging and comes with many perks, but this one stands out to me

 You get your very own bar stool and glass with your name on it at the brewery. Only you get to drink from the glass, and if someone is on your stool and you want it, you get it!

Who’s going to stand up so they can sit down and be a founding member for $2,500, sound like a steal of a deal to me!

 

 I can’t wait for this dream to come to life, please help by pledging NOW.

xoxo

M

From Caddy to Crusher

From Caddy to Crusher

This spring I was part of Nickalus North Golf Course and Whistler FM’s From Caddy to Crusher.

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From Caddy to Crusher consisted of me taking 5 lessons at Nickalus North Golf Course’s Winter Indoor Instruction with Director of Instruction Graham Kehoe. I was introduce Whistler’s only winter golf instruction and practice area. I was hitting balls into a 16′ hitting bay with ball flight projected on a full size screen, utilizing Flightscope X2 technology.

indoor golf, nickalus north, golf BC

After each lesson I would have a week to practice at the indoor facility at Nickalus North. Every Monday morning Graham and I would check in with Whistler FM to talk about my progress.

golf lessons, Nickalus North, Whistler

 

This was a great thing to get my body moving and working again since my accident. It has been a long year and a half of practicing patience for me, now I’m applying it to my golf swing, which has drastically improved by the way!

 

 

whistler FM
Final Interview

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

FORE!

xoxo

M

10 Steps to Vancouver’s GROUSE GRIND

10 Steps to Vancouver’s GROUSE GRIND

MY PERSPECTIVE

Grouse Grind

I still consider myself a Grind beginner, having completed Vancouver’s Grouse Grind two times now. I wanted to share the ten steps I went thought to get to the grind, sometimes the hardest part, the steps going through the grind, and after this 2.9-kilometre “stair-master” trail. Welcome to my roller-coaster up the face of Grouse Mountain.


STEP ONE

MAKING A PLAN

Having a good friend that wants to do the trip with you. Someone that Really Really wants a good workout.

grouse grindMaking the plan to go the night before. Commit a time, commit to doing it.

Or, like I did, try to get out of it “How about a mellower hike/walk?”

Except for the fact that you have a good friend that Really Really wants the workout, understandable.

You need the motivation anyways.


STEP TWO

MENTALLY PREPARE

Meet workout friend.

Now you’re in the mind-frame that you’re doing it!  Game on, mentally prepared, nothing’s stopping you.

Now your workout friend wants to back out…

The tables have turned, you’re already mentally prepared, your mind is made up, YOURE DOING IT!

Drive to grouse Mtn parking lot, giggling about how the tables have turned.


 STEP THREE

GET THERE!

Get out of the car, washroom break, as there isn’t really anywhere to go on the trail. (Past experience knowledge, I made it up the trail fast that time!)

grouse grindGet to the bottom of the trail, check your clock because you’re a beginner and don’t have the special timer like the locals.

Water? I’ll get it at the top” ROOKIE MOVE!

This is when the mental regret sets in…

“I don’t wanna!”

“BUT I WILL

Regret! the first steps Regret!” with a possible “I hate you!”


STEP FOUR

I HATE IT, but GO!

Get going, game on!grouse grind

You start off chatting with your friend.

You see others on the trail.

Your breathing and heart rate is a little faster as you make your way up.

Not 100% in the groove, disliking it!


 STEP FIVE

1/4 WAY MARKER(i hate you)

You make it to the 1/4 way mark.

Feeling pretty okay, but still hating every second of it.

Definite “I hate/dislike you! We’re only 1/4 of the way!”

You have had a couple people pass you, but you’ve also passed a few.

Feeling confident about your pace.


STEP SIX

I STILL REALLY DON’T LIKE THIS

After the 1/4 way mark you’re just waiting to see the 1/2 way mark.

Jealousy sets in. Little kids can literally run up the grind like it’s nothing! Jerks

You’re trying to figure out your breathing, breath in the nose and out the mouth I know! I know! Easier said than done.

Now gasping for air.

Time to stop and bring your heart rate and breathing back to normal.

Anger sets in because the people you just passed passed you.

Where is the 1/2 way mark???


STEP SEVEN

NO TURNING BACK NOW 1/2 WAY MARK(you jerk)

The 1/2 way mark, you made it.IMG_6662

Congratulate your friend.

There’s no turning back, you’re already 1/2 way.

GAME ON, head down, keep going.

Bye workout buddy, we’re not talking anyways.

People are passing you, you try to keep up with them, YOU FOOL!

Time for a mini break because you thought you could keep up with the locals. Get your heart rate down and breathing back on track.

Grouse GrindYou start listening and taking kids advice, “whatever you do, don’t look up!”

You’re focusing on the task at hand, one step at a time, not looking up or ahead, thanks kids!


STEP EIGHT

AM I THERE YET? 3/4 WAY MARK(so close)

You really just want it to be over, where is the light?

3/4 way mark you’re checking your watch to try to figure out how much longer.

Your pace slows a tad.

Jerks are passing you.

You might be a jerk that passes people.


STEP NINE

WHERE’S THE WATER?(sigh of relief, it’s over)

You see the light!grouse grind

You made it!

Check your watch, did you crush it?

Wait for your friend.

STRETCH a lil.

HYDRATE a lot.

Talk about how awesome you feel!Grouse Mountain

Can’t wait for next time!”

Buy your ticket outta there.

Gondola down to the base.


STEP TEN

CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN, THAT WAS AWESOME!

Funny how the tables have turned once again, to count that’s 4x now.


The 4 phases of the Grind:

NO, I don’t wanna

FINE, game on

HATE, I really really hate this

LOVE, loved it, can’t wait to do it again

Probably should have set a date for next time….oops!

It wasn’t fun, but it was a good workout! I highly recommend it, so many inspirational people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. You feel amazing afterwards, you’ll want to do it again, it’s worth the pain! And yes I could move the next day!

xoxo

Mercedes

Sitka, A World in Balance, Crowdfunding Campaign

 Sitka, A World in Balance, Crowdfunding Campaign

Sitka crowdfunding campaign at sitka.ca/crowdfundMy friends at Sitka have started a CrowdFunding Campaign. If you haven’t heard of Sitka it is a true Canadian company founded in 2002 by two Canadian surfers, Rene Gauthier and Andrew Paine. Sitka is a surf brand, clothing brand, a family, and a community that embraces the west coast lifestyle. They are passionate about a new way of doing business that will have a positive impact on the environment.

Sitka makes purposeful goods for exploring and enjoying the natural world, they offer complete surfboard, skateboard, fishing and apparel lines in their Vancouver, Victoria and New Zealand stores. For more about Sitka and their mission statement please visit their website; sitka.ca

Sitka is passionate about Community, sustainability, integrity, creativity and adventure. Please help grow their community with their CrowdFunding Campaign, and share this information for a better environment.

sitka crowdfunding campaign

sitka.ca/crowdfund

Sitkas CrowdFunding Campaign is to fund a new way of doing business and have the ability to produce goods that last and have less impact on our planet.

Traditional consumerism is unsustainable and needs to change in order for the planet to have a future.

Together, we can build a future where conservation is in balance with consumerism.

Sitka has been making clothing, surfboards and outdoor gear for more than 10 years. In that time, we’ve realized that standard production practices are depleting the earth of its natural resources.

We’re looking to share and promote our sustainable way of doing business with a wider audience. Sitka builds purposeful outdoor products that last while at the same time supporting conservation efforts. The larger we’re able to expand our community of Sitka supporters, the greater the impact we’ll have in the realm of conservation.

With your support, we can move forward with the Sitka Society for Conservation, a new way of doing business and inspire other business to take similar steps.

sitka.ca/crowdfund

 

Thanks for taking the time to read and watch this, lets make the planet a better place!

xoxo

M

sitka

New on Pinterest, My Winter Look

New on Pinterest, My Winter Look

pinterest blog

A lot of inspiration for my art comes from Pinterest as well as my beautiful surroundings in Whistler. I’ve been on Pinterest here and there, I mostly go on it to get artistic and DIY ideas. I have to admit, I found some paintings I liked so much on Pinterest, I painted them for myself.

Aside from my artistic side, I thought people out there might like to see what my personal snowboard style and après fashion is. So I’ve decided to give everyone a glimpse into my winter look by putting up a new Pinterest board.

What I’m wearing winter 2014-2015.

This new Pinterest board includes my Winter 2014/2015 fashion. This year was all about camo and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon! I sported both the camo jacket as well as the pants, not at the same time, but with with a bright complementing colour or black. 

I love to pop on my City Jacket with the bright Evolution Pant,

PWDRROOM team rider choice videos

For more info on both of these, I’ve attached my PWDRROOM team rider choice videos on both these products!

Be sure to check stores near you having massive sales for these and many more PWDRROOM pieces.

Also stay tuned for my spring fashion board and check out the new spring PWDRROOM site for some fun spring/summer ideas.

Don’t forget to check out my new Pinterest board!

xoxo

M

PWDRROOM recap video from Sony Snowcrown 2015

PWDRROOM recap video from Sony Snowcrown 2015

2015 SnowCrown Blue Mtn, OntarioI was so happy to get out to Ontario for the Sony Snow Crown this year. Sadly I wasn’t competing, as I’m still recovering from my concussion and on the injured list. On the up side I was happy to get in the pipe for the first time since Sochi and get to cruise around Blue Mountain and meet some of the friendly faces around.

Pumped to see some of my fellow team mates on the podium as well!

Brad Martin crowned Champion, Men Pipe.

Justin De Castris crowned Champion, Men Big Air.

2015 SnowCrown Blue Mtn, OntarioCalynn Irwin 2nd, Women Pipe.

Elizabeth Hosking close with 4th, Women Pipe.

2015 SnowCrown Blue Mtn, Ontario

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Walk a mile in her shoes! See you this Sunday boys!

 Walk a mile in her shoes! See you this Sunday boys!

April 12th 4pm, Whistler Village.

  Stand up for the prevention of violence against women!

A sight to be seen, men walking a mile in heels!

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Come out and stand up for the prevention of violence against women!

Walk Starts: 4:00 pm

We are encouraging participants to raise a minimum of $25 in pledges

Prizes awarded for the top pledges!

All proceeds support programs of Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society.

Despite the seriousness of the topic, Sea to Sky Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fun family event! Men are encouraged to gather pledges and bring awareness about the event as they prepare for the big day in which they will march approximately one mile in women’s high heel shoes! Friends and family are encouraged to march as well in support of the well-heeled participants!

We encourage you to have fun forming teams and challenging others from your place of work, your family or your friends! We also ask that the walkers dress as they normally would and strongly encourage uniforms and work gear (no women’s clothing please)

You can encourage friends and families living out of town to pledge by guiding them to www.canadahelps.org, where they can make a donation to the Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society in your name as you simultaneously record this amount on your pledge form.

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M

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Mtn Story With Lynsey Dyer Live Interview

Mtn Story With Lynsey Dyer Live Interview

We are so lucky in Whistler to have the opportunities like this.

Mtn Story and the GLC tomorrow night are hosting and interview with Lynsey Dyer,LynseyDyer-resized Professional skier, She-Jumps co-founder, graphics designer, photographer, filmmaker, TV host, mentor, action sports model and adventurer.

 

Mountain Story is an interview series in front of a live audience and an immersive online storytelling series that reveals remarkable tales of humanity, passion and transformation found in mountain culture.

 Be entertained. Be inspired. Be prepared to evolve dialogue beyond adrenalin and accolades. 

Be sure to check out the line up of interviews they have coming up.

http://www.mtnstory.com/live-interviews/

Canadian Company Supporting Athletes

 

Canadian Company Supporting Athletes

Loved this little write up, in SBC Business, on the company and how it all started, had to share with you. Proud to have been with PWDRROOM since 2005.

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I love my sponsors:)

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Canadian Olympic Snowboarder @mercedesnicoll