Daron Rahlves: A letter to my former self

“Live for the moment and enjoy the ride,” writes the downhill skiing great to his 15-year-old self.
Daron Rahlves - Skiing Great at Men's World Cup Downhill
Daron Rahlves at 2013 Men's Downhill World Cup © Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images
By Daron Rahlves

What would you tell the teenage version of yourself if you had the chance? What would you do differently? If you could turn back the clock, what advice would you give? We're giving our athletes the opportunity to express those thoughts.

42-year-old downhill skiing great Daron Rahlves kicks off the new series by writing a letter to his 15-year-old self.

Hey, 15-year-old Daron!

I know this last year has been trying on your own. Moving away from family and friends in California to a boarding school in Vermont isn’t easy, but it’s a choice you made with your parents’ support.

Daron Rahlves turning hard on a mountain slope, creating an enormous snow spray cloud that engulfs his legs.
Tearing up the mountains of Monterey © Rich van Every/Red Bull Content Pool

This last season wasn’t what you expected, but half the battle is sticking it out – and most importantly – believing in yourself. When you have doubts, just remember those who overcome adversity keep forging ahead. You don’t ever want to look back on opportunities and think what you could have done without giving it your very best. Nothing is guaranteed except for being satisfied when you give it your all. You have an amazing opportunity with lots of support from those who believe in YOU.

The tougher the challenge, the more satisfying the reward.

So ... make it happen!

Chasing your dream of being the best in the world as a competitive ski racer will only come with perseverance, lots of hard work and surrounding yourself with those who add positivity in your life. You have an amazing group of coaches and teachers there to guide you, and your family is just a phone call away.

Daron Rahlves ski racing at age 14
Daron Rahlves ski racing at age 14 © Courtesy Daron Rahlves

Along with your peers to push you, it’s up to you to face those challenges. You will learn to improve and grow from your mistakes and losses. Face those feelings, learn from them, dig deep by taking a chance to put it all on the line and soon you’ll be beaming with pride.

The tougher the challenge, the more satisfying the reward.

The ultimate goal is to get better each and every day. Eventually, it will all add up and you will experience a life you never imagined.

Live for the moment and enjoy the ride.

Make it happen!

An older Daron

Daron Rahlves skis at speed down a steep slope in the mountains, followed by a trail of snow spray.
Daron Rahlves experiencing the Ultimate Rush © Oskar Enander/Red Bull Content Pool

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