Check out the inside scoop of an Olympian and her biggest fan!
We are thrilled to share our interview with Canadian Olympian, Roni Remme and her Mother, our very own Living Shore Spa Receptionist, Susan Remme!
– Roni Remme –
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE 2018 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES?
“I had a really great experience at the Olympics! The whole games is just such an unbelievable show, it’s amazing to see all the countries come together to celebrate sports. I didn’t perform my best at these Olympic games but there is so many other things that contributed to my experience at the Games.
Some of my favourite moments from the Games came when I got home from training/racing, when I got to hangout in the athletes lounge, which was on the second floor of the Canadian house in the Olympic Village. Having the opportunity to meet so many other Canadian athletes and learn about their sports was what I loved the most, and being in the athletes lounge watching those athletes perform on TV and cheering with them… I think that’s really what the Olympics are about and what the Olympic spirit is.“
WAS COMPLETING IN THE OLYMPICS ONE OF YOUR CHILDHOOD DREAMS? HOW DID IT FEEL TO KNOW THAT YOUR LIFELONG DREAM WAS COMING TRUE?
“Competing in the Olympics has been my dream for as long as I can remember! I wish I could say it was this huge flood of emotions that just hit me immediately when I walked into the opening ceremonies. But honestly, I think this dream has been building for so long, I have been thinking about it and working towards it for almost fifteen years. At times I could only see it as that, a dream, but this season everything started to feel real, there was definitely a moment in December when I started to think, wow maybe I could actually do this.”
“Getting to start my first SL World Cups in January was a big step in my Olympic Journey, and I knew that it came down to those. If I didn’t perform, I could watch my Olympic dream slip away (at least for another 4 years). I remember receiving a text from the Alpine Canada office after my 11th place at the Zagreb World Cup, and it simply read “Congrats on Korea!”, that’s how I found out for sure that I qualified. That was probably one of the coolest nights of my life.”
WHEN COMPETING WHAT RUNS THROUGH YOUR MIND, HOW DO YOU FEEL?
“When I’m racing I always try to find this same feeling of relaxed preparation, I tell myself that everything I have done until now has prepared me for this and all I have to do is my best. It’s not always easy for me to get to this state, but I know that when I find it that’s when my best results come. I have this feeling in SL sometimes where everything slows down, it’s kind of like I can feel and see things happening right before they are about to happen. That’s the feeling I’m always searching for.”
WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT GOALS?
“My goal moving forward is to continue finding passion in this sport, and as long as I’m doing that I want to race on the World Cup circuit and contend for podiums. So often I feel like I see athletes that are no longer doing their sport for the right reasons, and I think that’s the most important thing for me, to be able to keep my passion and love for this sport. When I’m done I want to be able to look back and remember all of the times I had fun skiing, because I think that often gets confused with best results and winning races, and I don’t believe that’s okay. My goal is to love ski racing for as long as I’m doing it, and I know if I do then I’ll be able to ski fast.”
– SUSAN REMME –
TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE OLYMPICS?
“The Olympics were an amazing experience for me… Ever since Roni was a little girl she dreamt of going to the Olympics… I was not expecting to go to the 2018 games… Roni qualified in January and was named to the Canadian Olympic team 2 weeks before games started. It was such a whirlwind organizing the trip.”
“The feeling of pride I had at the games watching Roni and team Canada compete was overwhelming. Meeting and spending time with the different athletes and their families made me realize how similar the drive, dedication and commitment each athlete shared. I am so happy to have been able to be there for Roni and the team.”
HOW DID YOU FEEL WATCHING RONI AT THE OLYMPICS COMPARE TO HER PAST RACES THAT HAVE BROUGHT HER TO THIS POINT?
“Roni has been racing in local club races here on the ridge in Blue Mountain since she was 4 or 5 years old. Then moved up to national and international races very quickly. As a mom watching her race was always thrill for me. I have to admit I had a bit of anxiety watching her at the Olympics… Looking up at the big screen at the bottom and then watching her come into the finish cheering her on with the rest of the large crowd of spectators there was so exciting. You heard the commentators talk about her background and accomplishments. It was very surreal…”
AS A MOTHER OF AN OLYMPIAN, HOW DID IT FEEL TO WITNESS YOUR DAUGHTER COMPETING AGAINST THE TOP ATHLETES IN THE WORLD?
“Oh my god I am the mother of an Olympian… To realize that my child has fulfilled a life long dream of hers makes me very proud. And to witness Roni compete and race amongst the top athletes in the world on the Olympic stage is something I shall remember always.”