Editor's note: Megan McJames is an Olympic Alpine skier
It Takes a Village to raise an Olympian
I have always said this with Meg's success and truly mean it (you know who you are). I would like to thank The Park Record for the article on Jan 29 for their coverage of Megan McJames by Adam Spencer and all of their support for Megan thru her ski racing career. Andy and Julie, I love you.
Just would like to mention that Meg's support has come from her extended family and friends. Meg embodies the true spirit of the Olympics, heart and soul. Whether she is a medals contender or not (we'll be watching) to me she has already won the race.
Hopefully she has created an opportunity for others in the future of ski racing. Thank you, thank you, thank you Park City. We can be proud of all our athletes in the 2014 games.
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Editor's note: Joss Christensen is an Olympic slopestyle skier
Cheers for a hometown athlete
Congratulations Joss! We're all so proud of you for making it to the Olympics and we'll be watching and supporting from home! Wish we could be there, tried very hard to get tickets and flights so we could see you in person. We hope you have a great time out there and wish you the best of luck competing for the Gold. You earned your spot by working harder than anyone else and with all you've had to deal with in the past year we know it has been very tough.
Los Angeles, Calif. (formerly Park City)
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Wheelchair atletes get a boost from PCMARC
Last week I was honored by the Utah Tennis Association for promoting wheelchair tennis in Park City. As lovely as it was to receive this award, the real kudos belong to the staff of the Park City MARC.
From my pre-groundbreaking meetings with Ken Fisher, Recreation Manager, and Tate Shaw, Recreation Supervisor, when we discussed how accessible the facility would be for wheelchair tennis and what the potential pitfalls were with the initial design, along with what kind of accessible exercise equipment they were planning to buy, my input was received with professionalism and a real desire to make the facility accessible to all. They took several of my suggestions and incorporated them into the design such as the ability to access the courts while in a tennis wheelchair.
After the facility opened, tennis pros all attended workshops to train pros how to teach wheelchair tennis. The program really gained momentum when Michael O'Keefe, Tennis Director started watching videos and doing all he could to wrap his mind around the unique mobility patterns necessary for people in wheelchairs to play the sport and apply his already significant depth of tennis coaching knowledge to this specialty area. Michael's expertise is being recognized by his being selected to coach the regional wheelchair tennis 'camp' that will be held in SLC later in the month. Michael and I both laugh now, as he says he was intimidated by my advocating and I say I was intimidated by his double-time walking and talking.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the PC Tennis staff, there is an 'up/down clinic' (standing and wheelchair players) every Tuesday and a monthly wheelchair clinic for all levels. I also play in the 'regular' women's league as wheelchair tennis and 'regular' tennis have the same USTA rules, with the exception that wheelchair players get two bounces.
To all those who gave me a standing O when I received the award... "right back at you" for 'catching' the advocacy ball that was tossed your way and supporting such a first class program. Thank you for embracing wheelchair tennis! Gratefully,
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Dog owner is tired of leash police
I am so sick of reading stories about disgruntled people and dog encounters. ENOUGH already, point made! We get it, YOU DON'T LIKE DOGS OFF LEASH. However, since you find it necessary to keep writing these articles, it is now my turn
If all you haters out there who actually think all your bitter stories are going to change the perception of dogs in Park City, you're wrong. Park City people love their pets. Not only do we love them and make them part of our families, dedicated locals attempt to find a home for all cats and dogs as opposed to euthanizing them. Not to mention, the numerous owners who get their pets from places like Furburbia, that support the belief every animal deserves to be loved and care for.
I agree there are areas throughout Park City where dogs need to be on leash. But, throw us a bone (literally), this is not everywhere and definitely not every area you decide to embark on.
All these isolated events and articles written pertain to a few irresponsible pet owners, yet, gives the rest of us a bad name. But, if you think that dogs off leash in the mountains on biking trails, swimming in ponds and enjoying open space are going to go disappear because you are upset, you are wrong! We are a mountain community, not downtown New York City. We enjoy our outdoors alone and/or with our pets. If that is not good enough, just act like the guy who maces all animal within 50 feet of him. Then you can really be cool and make your point
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American Idol picks a Parkite
For those few Parkites who don't already know, we wanted to share the great news about our dear friend, Austin Wolfe. On Wednesday, the nation watched her sing, "Radioactive" in front of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. Ms. Lopez commented, "you've got the whole package," while Mr. Urban just kept repeating, "dear God." Mr. Connick loves her name and more importantly, her voice. Without hesitation, she received three "yeses" and a golden ticket to Hollywood.
We're encouraging our home town to support her in the weeks to come. American Idol airs on Fox 13, Wednesday and Thursday nights, 7:00pm. When the time comes, BE SURE TO VOTE!!! In the meantime, you can stay in the loop and help support Austin by following her on Twitter and Instagram (both @austinwolfey). You can watch all of her videos at youtube.com/austinwolferocks.
Since we met Austin in 2nd grade, she has aspired to make an appearance on American Idol. Hard work, determination, raw talent, courage and tremendous family support have paid off in achieving a very lofty dream. Way to shoot for the stars, "Austina!"
Kim, Phil, Sierra and Anna Deimling
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