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A true ski community

Dear Editor:

I’d like to send a huge thank you out to everyone in the valley who has supported me throughout my skiing career. I would not be where I am without all that incredible support from friends and neighbors, young and old. My early beginnings as a little guy in the AVSC ski program helped shape me into the skier I now am. I have to thank my parents, all four of them, for their continuous support at all the practices and finals and for enduring years of freezing weather.

To the Severy family, I thank you for teaching me how to ski, and how to be humble. Vince Lahey gets huge props for breaking all the Aspen Skiing Co. rules and teaching us back-flips. All the doctors and physical therapy people who have helped me through recovery have my enduring gratitude. Everyone who was there at the Buttermilk pipe two weeks ago or at parties wishing me luck, a huge thanks.

I literally could not walk anywhere in town during the X Games without getting a “good luck” from someone. I’ve traveled the world as a professional skier and that’s a quality of support you don’t find in most places. I want everyone to know how much their encouragement means. So a heartfelt thank you to everyone in our amazing valley. Also, to my good friend Austin Corry, you were an inspiration and will forever be missed. I love you, big guy. Keep an eye on us from up there and keep your bros out of trouble.

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Peter Olenick

Carbondale


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