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End-of-season Ski in 2016-17 [SKI]

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Spring has come again.

Don’t you think Ski season is too short in Japan?

It feels like it is over as soon as it begins.


I feel sad when May arrives.



A long time ago I was an alpine skier in my high-school ski club. 

I used to spend more than 60 days a season skiing.

Unfortunately, now I can only go skiing one week out of the year.

I still train intensely and collect information about new ski styles on the web or in magazines. 

I’m forever full of enthusiasm for skiing.




And I also like a dreams coming true.

This past season I had the privilege and pleasure to work with Kelly VenderBeek, a skier who I admire a great deal.




Kelly qualified for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy as part of the Canadian National Ski team. At the Olympics she finished 4th in the Super-G event, unfortunately missing the podium by 0.03 of a second.

However, she won a lot of World Cup medals in Downhill and Super-G and caught the world’s attention. She was then, and is now, a great skier.

http://olympic.ca/team-canada/kelly-vanderbeek/










She is now a well-known broadcaster as well as a renowned photographer.
https://www.kellyvanderbeek.com/


I was really looking forward to the day to ski with her out on the piste.

Finally, that time came!


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It's reasonable to expect difficulties with some twists and turns while shooting.

I felt like there were many setbacks.

But Kelly and the staff were very generous and understanding so, in the end, all shots were well done.











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I struggled to keep pace with her and it was the happiest moment in my skiing life.
I learned a lot about making great turns and form.















Moreover, Kelly surprised me with a gift that exceeds anything I have won or prizes I have been given in the past.


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She gave me a FIS world cup number bib, the first seed!, with her signature and a message for me.


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I was moved to the point of tears.

Thank you so much, Kelly.

This is something I will always treasure.







Kelly, see you next year at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang!

I’m looking forward to seeing you back out on the snow.  

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I appreciate your support very much and wearing the Canada ski team jacket while working was as if we were teammates.




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This is some of my best work.

Please take a look at it.








Soon-to-be-released


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