Dave is one of the many inspirations in my life. During my career of skiing Dave has not only coached me to be a successful racer, but he has also taught me many life lessons. Most importantly Dave has always been a role model of hard work, kindness, and fairness. One of the most influential things he ever told me was “Lucas, the only thing that you can control in life is attitude and effort.” I have brought this meaningful quote and lesson from skiing to my academics and to other sports. My love of skiing has gifted me with not only talent but strong character.