A lot of people have been asking me questions about the “Powered By Chocolate Milk” Ambassador Program that I am apart of so it seems fitting that I write a bit about it today. December 8th, 2013 marked the four-year anniversary of when I first made the switch from short track speed skating to long track speed skating after recovering from two fractured vertebrae - an injury that almost caused to me quit skating all together. 

My transition from short track to long track was one of the toughest times I had to go through, but it also speaks to the greatness of the speed skating community. Here I was, pretty much starting a new sport with absolutely no equipment, yet in a matter of days, I was able to start my long track career on borrowed boots, blades and skin suits. This borrowed equipment would take me all the way to the 2010 Long Track Speed Skating World Junior Championships in Moscow, Russia. 

Throughout my life, it was a common belief that if you wanted your bones to grow big and strong, you drank milk. Putting two and two together, if you needed bones repaired, say two fractured vertebrae, drink a lot of milk. But how can you make a miracle drink better? Add chocolate. So with that, during my transition, I would train, eat, then drink chocolate milk in hopes that enough of it would heal my back. Now maybe the science doesn't quite support my theory “more milk equals faster bone fracture recovery”, but I think it worked out alright. Now I still follow this ritual to this day, but for different reasons. If you do want to know more about the science of chocolate milk, be sure to visit Powered by Chocolate Milk!

Fast forward to today, being a Powered by Chocolate Milk ambassador means I get to spread the good word of chocolate milk around to as many athletes, weekend warriors and active people as possible through my stories and experiences in the world of speed skating.  

Looking back at where I was four years ago to where I am now, a lot has changed. Apple has released 5 iPhones in that time. Miley Cyrus started twerking. There was even a new record for most gold medals obtained by a country in a single Winter Olympic Games - guess who? It’s been quite the ride but I wouldn’t change a thing. When one door closes, another opens - I’m living proof of that.