My family and I moved to the beautiful ski town of Telluride, CO when I was in kindergarten. I grew up skiing, hiking and enjoying life in the mountains. I thrived on being outside and honing my skills as a skier because at school things were tough. As a dyslexic, school became increasingly difficult and confusing as I got older. In 7th grade, I transferred to a boarding school especially for dyslexic students. There, I needed sports as a way to keep me focused and to burn off the energy and frustration of still struggling with reading, which seemed to come naturally to the rest of the world.