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Olympian inspires BC Games student volunteers

Olympian inspires BC Games student volunteers

Article by: Nyah Meller, Photo Credit: Gerry Buzzell

Author: BC Winter Games/Saturday, February 27, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games, Skiing - Freestyle

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Olympian and BC Games alumna Kristi Richards inspired a group of student volunteers at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games Friday.

Richards, a freestyle moguls skiier, was among a panel of experts and athletes who addressed the group of students. This came a day after her keynote speech at the Games’ opening ceremony at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Richards told students her story of losing control and crashing while competing in the 2010 Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Rather than quitting after the crash, Kristi got back up and continued on the course, skiing faster than before and completing her second jump better than she thought possible. In the end, Richards said she gained more from that experience than if she’d won a medal.

"It's weird to think what my life would be like if I would've won that gold medal, but I think the events of that day is what caused me to become the person I am today" said Richards.

Student volunteer ambassador for the Games, Jasmine Gill said the panel shared a lot of useful advice with students, including how to create smaller goals on the way to reaching larger goals.

The leadership panel helped students plan how to pursue their goals and dreams.

Nyah Meller is part of the Young Reporter program with the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.

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