MOUNTAINS OF FUN: A Q&A with Canadian Alpine Ski Team racer (and Ottawa boy) Dustin Cook

Meet Dustin Cook. At 23, the Ottawa native already has an impressive list of Nor-Am Cup wins under his belt, not to mention a solid Twitter feed and legend status at his home hill of Mont Ste-Marie. Dayanti Karunaratne chats with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team racer about keeping it fun, preparing for race day, and coming home.

Race day: Dustin Cook in action at the Beaver Creek World Cup in December 2011.

How would you describe your racing career?
I’m happy with it so far. I’m having a lot of fun and learning a lot. Especially in the last year, I’ve learned not to get down on anything. You just have to pick yourself up and move on.

What happened in the past year that taught you this?
I’ve been working a lot with a sports psychologist. When you’re at the Nor-Am Cup and World Cup level, it’s easy to get down on yourself if you don’t do as well as you want to do. But you’ve got to learn to deal with it, and luckily I have. (more…)