“I program parts for the aerospace industry, cutting pieces of metal into the size and shape that’s needed for high tolerance specs, but I think it’s fair to say I’m not the most typical CNC machinist.
“My boss is lenient on my schedule, when I’m there I’m able to work overtime, up to 50 or 60 hour weeks, and when I have events coming up I can take time off – almost five months this year. When I came back to work, it was nice to hear people telling clients that now they work with a world champion! Because, to me, I’m still the same as I was two years ago when I had never left the United States. But I think most of the people I work with think I’m a bit crazy for what I’m doing.
“11 countries and a year later – everything’s changed. But really, it’s the same stuff, it’s just now there’s a title that stokes me out and helps me get things done. Downhill skateboarding came first, then four-and-a-half years ago I got into street luge – now I’m 2017 Luge World Champion.
“It’s mind-boggling to see so many things change in my life in such a short amount of time – and to get that experience from something as simple as skateboarding? It’s unexpected and absolutely exhilarating.
“I started downhill skateboarding six years ago – not that long considering how fast I’m going. I’ve always liked to go fast.”
“I started downhill skateboarding six years ago – not that long considering how fast I’m going. I’ve always liked to go fast. I’d go to the local skatepark but I was never very good. Then a friend asked me, ‘Hey, do you like to skate down hills?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I love bombing hills.’ He said, ‘What about sliding – do you know what sliding is?’ I didn’t, so he took me out and showed me how to control my speed going down local hills – from there I picked up a board and learned the basics.