“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
As a professional Canadian alpine ski racer, Madison Irwin is no stranger to the idea of overcoming difficult tasks and testing the unimaginable. There are not many people who would willingly strap on two skis and slide down an icy hill at speeds of over 130 km/hr. However, that’s what Irwin lives for.
“I love the thrill that comes with the sport, and even more I love the idea of striving for a goal that some may think is unrealistic. I started skiing when I was a kid to have fun. Today, I have not only been able to turn it into a career but I am on my way to qualify for the Olympic Games. The journey so far has been incredible.”
At only 22 years old, Irwin has had an exceptional career so far. She has recorded nine Nor-Am Cup podiums in super combined, super-G, giant slalom and slalom, and placed 10th in giant slalom at the 2011 FIS Junior World Ski Championship. However, the glory of the sport can also come with its share of risks.
“I have just been able to return to the racing circuit after recovering from a back, shoulder and hip injury. The injuries kept me from racing for over 22 months. While some people may have thrown in the towel, it only made me realize how much I love this sport and how excited I am for the road to Sochi.”
Irwin has come back from her injury stronger and more dedicated. “I recognize the climb ahead of me is going to be difficult, however, I will let nothing get in the way of me achieving my dreams. I may have fallen down but I have gotten back up, brushed off the debris, adjusted my approach, and am ready for the Olympics.”
Follow Irwin’s progress through Twitter at @StudentAwards and @MadisonIrwin.