Head in the clouds: follow your passions & live your dreams
Guest: Kristian Ghedina
Position: Athlete, skier
Date: 7 November 2018
Author: Virginia Cacciavillan, MYP5
On Wednesday November 7th, we had the pleasure to meet an extremely devoted Italian skier. Kristian Ghedina comes from Cortina, a mountain city in the North, and has trophies and medals from almost every race he has ever done: 13 world cup races, 5 Olympics, 8 world championships, and 20 years in the Italian nationals. He is also best known for the stunt he did in one of the most dangerous slopes in the world: the Streif. In the last jump, while he was in the air, he opened his legs and did the splits at full speed!
During his presentation, he spoke briefly about his life: after major tragic events such as the death of the mother and a severe car incident he still continued his career as a professional athlete. He mentioned how the toughness of his father shaped him in the man he is now and how important it is to be ambitious. To get us to relate to each and every one of us he also told us how school just wasn't for him. He was often called someone with the “head in the clouds” and, quite literally, during his free time he would go in his backyard and do jumps with his skies or bob.
More so, the most important matter he discussed was, in fact, the ambition someone must have. He explained fully how much being determined and having clear goals is important. Since he had always struggled with school from a very young age, his plan was to become an athlete. His passion was sports, in particular skiing but he was conscious of how much more uncertain that path was. He also never had the support of the father until later in life so he just couldn't stress enough how his determination and ambition pushed him to achieve the goals he had set.
After his presentation, the more athletic students were interested in knowing some information on how to succeed in the sports career, they asked what type of slope was his favorite, but mainly what he did to get to the place he is in now. Kristian answered with three main points: you need luck, determination, consistency, and sacrifice. The athlete remarked that his career was far from perfect: he wished he had won the ‘speciality cup’, which is a very highly regarded trophy, but was never able to. But, for him, his biggest accomplishment was the day his father complimented him on his path.
His words, for us as students, are extremely touching. What he said about the ambition we need in our lives is something we can’t forget. We need to have plans, ideas, and goals to go anywhere in life and he gave us some of the best advice we could have ever received. Also for the students which do not approach life from an academic view listened to the best advice from one of the best of athletes. Mr. Ghedina shared his thoughts and past with us as he helped us shape our own and his words touch each and every student in a way or another.