The Big Drop

Hey my name is Marie, and I'm about to tackle the biggest challenge of my life. I love snowboarding and have been doing it for the past 10 years. I am about to board the biggest vertical drop in the U.S. This is no easy task. It takes a lot of training and preparation to attempt this. Well, what do you say? Wanna tag along for the ride?

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1. It all started when...

It all started when I was 4.  My family lives in Colorado, down the road from a ski resort.  My older brother Carson was 7 at the time and would snowboard with my dad most days.  So on my 4th birthday my dad thought it was my turn.  I rush downstairs that day to see a brand new purple snowboard with a bow on it.  I knew right away that I was going to become a snowboarder.  Here I am today, at 14 getting ready to tackle something that most people only dream of.

2 weeks ago in English class, we were given an assignment, that changed my life.  That assignment was to write an essay about something that you have always wanted to do.  There was a twist though.  It had to be EXTREME!  I knew exactly what I was going to do.  While writing that essay I realized that I could actually do it.

So here I am today about to start my training to tackle this drop.  My training plan goes a little like this: I need to be comfortable with my board.  The biggest one of all is that I need to work on impact.  When the drop is 3040 ft. , there is no messing around.  It is literately a do or die situation.

You may be wondering why I'm doing this and I have a clear simple answer; Because I can!  I live for the moment.  I will not stay quiet when there is something that I could be doing.  I was in a bad car accident when I was 10 and almost died.  I realized at that point that at any time we could just die.  Leave this world forever.  I'm doing this drop because we never know how much time we have left and we shouldn't be living in the shadows of fear.

I believe that I am ready to make the big drop.

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