Kennedy JustinenFrom Recreational Skiing to Elite Snowboarding Champion
In the 172nd episode of The Athletes Podcast, where we dive into the journey of Canadian snowboarder Kennedy Justinen. From her early years in Rocky Mountain House, AB, to becoming a North American Snowboard Cross Champion, Kennedy's story is nothing short of inspiring.
Kennedy Justinen's love for snow sports began with skiing at the age of four and snowboarding at the age of ten. Growing up, she focused on accessible sports and moved to Kelowna at 18 to be closer to the mountains. It wasn't until the age of 21 that Kennedy decided to pursue her lifelong dream of competing in elite-level snowboarding, even without prior training or experience. In 2022, she finished third overall on the NorAm Cup tour and secured a personal spot on the Canadian World Cup team for the 2022/23 season. Fast forward to 2023, and Kennedy has just won the North American Cup.
In this episode, Kennedy shares her journey from recreational skiing to becoming an elite snowboarder. She describes the challenges she faced, such as lack of funding for Canadian athletes and the pressures of competing on an international stage. Despite these challenges, Kennedy has achieved remarkable success, with multiple podium finishes and the opportunity to work with Canadian Snowboard Magazine (CSM).
Kennedy also discusses the importance of channeling one's energy and maintaining focus, both on and off the slopes. She shares her experiences training for the Olympics and the NorAm Cup, emphasizing the importance of discipline, perseverance, and adaptability. As someone who began competing later in life, Kennedy's story is a testament to the power of determination and hard work.
In the latter part of the episode, Kennedy shares her influences and offers advice for the next generation of athletes. She stresses the importance of finding a supportive community, learning from experienced athletes, and being open to new experiences. By pursuing her passion and embracing the challenges that come with it, Kennedy has become an inspiration for aspiring athletes everywhere.
In conclusion, Kennedy Justinen's journey is a powerful example of what can be achieved when passion meets perseverance. Her accomplishments, from finishing third overall on the NorAm Cup tour to winning the North American Cup, are a testament to her dedication and hard work. By sharing her story and insights, Kennedy hopes to inspire others to chase their dreams and never give up on their ambitions.