The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

Doug Lewis, Olympian and former World Cup alpine ski racer, says, “If I could stand in the starting gate, 3,000 vertical feet above that finish, knowing that I am going to risk my life. But, if I had the confidence to push myself out there, and attack the course, more than I know the course is going to attack me, I have the upper hand on that course. And I know I can do it.”

Today, Yancy and Jarod talk with Doug about the mindset you must have to be the absolute best at whatever you’re trying to accomplish. In this episode, you’ll learn:

- Preparation and Visualization
- Recovering from a broken back at 17
- 3 traits of a World Class skier: Love for speed, work ethic, look at failure as a gift
- Finding the positivity in everything, regardless of the outcome
- Find what’s possible for yourself
- Figuring out what went right and wrong, and don’t shy away from looking at whoever is doing best to see what they’re doing better

Doug Lewis, Olympian and founder of Eliteam, is currently an alpine ski racing broadcast analyst, but he used to be a top competitor in the 1980s.  Doug was on the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Alpine Team, and 2 World Championship Teams in 1985 and 1987. At the 1985 World Championships, Doug won the bronze medal, which was the first ever World Championship medal for an American in downhill. He was the 1986 & 1987 U.S. Nationals National Downhill Champion. Inducted in 2002 VARA Ski Hall of Fame, 2007 US National Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, and 2019 Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

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-Jarod’s Social: @jarod_cogswell

-Yancy’s Social: @YancyCulp

-Race a DEKA Event: DEKA-FIT



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Producer: Lake Watters

Host: Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams

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