Strain Aid: Olympic Snowboarder Savors Quiet Backcountry Pow

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A craving for competition will only get you so far. You have to have passion, intensity and love for the sport in its purest form.

“The pressure to achieve in any extreme sports industry is immense, ”teases Teton Gravity Research. Elena heightThe two-time Olympic champion felt this pressure and wanted to experience her sport with fewer expectations. In “Blank Canvas” she forges herself into the hinterland, storms in Japan and rips in North America.

Hight can forget about their snowboard sponsors, the podium, the cameras – anything that comes with the Olympics. She can concentrate on her breath, the light in the sky changes, the early morning wind blows down the slopes. She can learn new things. No more ramps, no more elevators – grab a beacon, shovel and probe and you’re good to go.

The film is a step back from competitive pressures, the constant effort to improve and win. In High’s words, “Blank Canvas” shows how important it is to take a step back and fall in love with the sport again.

The full movie will be released on November 23rd TGR YouTube channel.

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Topics: skiing, snowboarding, winter

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