Eric Mitchell - Olympic Skiing
Topic Olympic Skiing
Date May 11, 2017
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Olympic Skiing with Eric Mitchell

Eric Mitchell is an Olympian who represented Canada in ski jumping from 2008 to 2013 including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games held in Vancouver, Canada. He was the youngest male on the Canadian Olympic team. He retired in 2013 in order to focus on his studies, attaining a degree in accounting from the University of Calgary. In 2015, he was appointed as Young Ambassador to Team Canada for the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Olympic Games. Currently he works for the auditing firm Ernst & Young as a junior associate and also serves as a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador.

On the 11th of May 2017, Eric Mitchell had a live Q&A session on Goodwall that was joined by students from over 30 different countries worldwide.

"All you have to do is train hard and follow your dreams - olympic sport is a life’s work!"

Who or what inspired you to achieve all that you have? Also what was it like to be the youngest man on the Olympic team, was it intimidating or did you just never feel a difference? —Ruva

What a great way to start, I was originally inspired to compete in my sport when I was a little kid. Ski jumping seemed fun, not scary and it gave me an opportunity to follow my dreams.


When preparing for the Olympics, what do you feel is the biggest sacrifice you had to make? —Vijay

Preparing for the Olympic games I felt as though I had no room for error.

Was there moments where you thought it was impossible to reach your goals —Linus

I was 16 during most of the qualifying and it came down to the wire, eventually it was my last competition of the qualification period and I had still not qualified. Thankfully I managed to qualify in this competition.

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How old are you now? —Adrienne

I am 25 now! I was 17 at the olympics.

Are you still going to pursue your college? If yes , What are you going to study? —Adrienne

I have graduated from the University of Calgary, BCOMM in Accounting.

A bit of a somber question but, what was it like to compete at the Olympic Games knowing a fatal accident occurred nearby? Did it affect you mentally in any way? —Alex

Competing after the fatal accident was very hard, but myself like the other athletes knew that the best way to honour him was to compete at our very best.

Where do you imagine yourself without ski jumping? —Linus

Now I am working as a junior associate at Ernst & Young (EY) but I am really excited to be working with the Youth Olympic Games (YOG); as an ambassador we are helping to reach many young people and show them the power of sport.

It must have been a huge adrenaline rush ski jumping even as a hobby, let alone competitively, do you miss the rush? —Alex

It was the best feeling in the world flying through the air but, working with the YOG has helped me find new thrills!

Does ski jumping require you to be as light as possible? If so, do you have any advice on getting and staying light? —Ryan

I was a lean flying machine! My best advice is to have breakfast every day, I am still eating my same oatmeal bowl.

How did you feel when you did your very first jump? —Linus

My first jump was a little disappointing, for some reason I thought I would start at the largest jump but, that was not the case.

What are your next plans in sport or future? —Sohail

I think this is the most important part, what comes next. I am using the platform the Olympics gave me to help my peers (all of you included) reach for and achieve their goals!

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You mentioned working with Youth Olympic Games. I'd love to know more about what kind of a mission you have with such wonderful organisation. —Roman

Thanks for asking! I was very lucky to help the Canadian youth team.

What kind of diet do you have to stay fit? —Ryan

I was under a strict diet at the time but, it’s funny because it is one of the things that I value most now that I am retired.


Topic Olympic Skiing
Date May 11, 2017
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