I just know it will be a great season this year, really looking forward to killing and canning some Reds.
OK OK, I'm just attempting to create some inspiration for you regulars as well as myself so when we all show up in Bristol Bay we'll be ready to rock and roll..
Speaking of inspiration, I'm going to take advantage of this slow month of February here on our blog and introduce you to a kid that I had the privilege of watching grow up......for a few years anyway while living in the remote village of Bristol Bay called Aleknagik.
Aleknagik is located north of Dillingham at the end of the Lake Road.
There are just a couple hundred residents there and as some of you are aware, life in these villages can be considerably different than most places, if not not down right challenging at times.... especially if you were a little girl, life's options and opportunities may seem a bit further to reach for.
I'm not saying it's a bad place to grow-up or to raise a family.
Myself, I'd almost lean in favor of such a location for raising kids. Like anywhere else, it's all in what you are able to make of it for you and yours.
Some of you may have read of this young girl in recent headlines, myself, I follow her career sorta as one of my internet hobbies. Her name is Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, and she has managed to make a career out of her favorite pastime of snowboarding. Enough of a career that it has landed her in he Winter Olympic Games this year. An incredible achievement for anyone, I think she is the first Native Alaskan to make the Olympics. She also turned 21 on Valentines Day this year. happy 21st Callan!!
Well enough of my babble, below is a video of Callan so you can hear it in her own words.
Callan fell today in the final qualifying run which took her out of contention for a finals spot in the 2010 Olympic Games. But after the race, she kept the Olympics and the things that happened on the course in perspective.
“Every step of the way since I made the Olympic team has been stages of the whole thing sinking in, slowly each one building up,” she said after failing to qualify for the finals. “It brings it to today. I had a lot of fun today. I think I have a lot of Olympics ahead, so I’m not done.”
“I was pretty happy with how the event went despite the two falls,” Chythlook-Sifsof said. “For sure it’s disappointing, but I’ve had such a good time here. It’s an amazing experience to be here. I feel like I had good starts, and I feel like if I would have stayed on my feet I could have made it.”
Here is a list of races and places her career has taken her.
|16-02-2010||Cypress||CAN||Olympic Winter Games|
|10-01-2010||Bad Gastein||AUT||World Cup|
|05-09-2008||Chapelco||ARG||South American Cup|
|04-09-2008||Chapelco||ARG||South American Cup|
|21-03-2008||Valmalenco||ITA||FIS Junior World Championships|
|18-03-2008||Valmalenco||ITA||FIS Junior World Championships|
|17-03-2008||Valmalenco||ITA||FIS Junior World Championships|
|01-03-2008||Lake Placid, NY||USA||World Cup|
|10-02-2008||Tamarack, ID||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|13-01-2008||Bad Gastein||AUT||World Cup|
|16-11-2007||Copper, CO||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|15-11-2007||Copper, CO||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|29-09-2007||Valle Nevado||CHI||World Cup|
|26-09-2007||Valle Nevado||CHI||World Cup|
|11-04-2007||Bad Gastein||AUT||FIS Junior World Championships|
|11-03-2007||Lake Placid, NY||USA||World Cup|
|08-03-2007||Lake Placid, NY||USA||World Cup|
|25-02-2007||Tamarack, ID||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|01-02-2007||Copper, CO||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|31-01-2007||Copper, CO||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|14-01-2007||Arosa||SUI||World Snowboard Championships|
|17-12-2006||Mont Blanc, QC||CAN||Nor-Am Cup|
|16-12-2006||Mont Blanc, QC||CAN||Nor-Am Cup|
|21-11-2006||Copper, CO||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|20-11-2006||Copper, CO||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|26-03-2006||Crystal Mtn||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|25-03-2006||Crystal Mtn||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|06-02-2006||Vivaldi Park||KOR||FIS Junior World Championships|
|03-02-2006||Vivaldi Park||KOR||FIS Junior World Championships|
|16-12-2005||Mt. Hood Meadows||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|22-11-2005||Copper Mountain||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|21-11-2005||Copper Mountain||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|02-09-2005||Las Lenas||ARG||South American Cup|
|31-08-2005||Las Lenas||ARG||South American Cup|
|22-04-2005||Zermatt||SUI||FIS Junior World Championships|
|21-04-2005||Zermatt||SUI||FIS Junior World Championships|
|27-03-2005||Sun Peaks, Kamloops||CAN||Nor-Am Cup|
|26-03-2005||Sun Peaks, Kamloops||CAN||Nor-Am Cup|
|16-11-2004||Copper Mountain, Colorado||USA||Nor-Am Cup|
|15-11-2004||Copper Mountain, Colorado||USA||Nor-Am Cup|