Today we’d like to introduce you to Shanny Cohen-Damron .
Hi Shanny, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I spent every moment of my childhood dedicated to becoming a professional skier; at the time, it was Alpine Racing, which later turned Into a professional career in Freeskiing, Slopestyle specifically. I was a scholarship athlete, and I started working full-time at the age of 13 as a dishwasher. I remained working in food and beverage during my teenage years as I won races worldwide. At 17, I moved to aspen to train for Slopestyle. I went on the pro tour while working at a diner in downtown aspen. I finished top 10 in every pro competition I ever competed in. In 2010 I had my 9th concussion, a TBI that put me in a coma and ultimately ended my career. I moved away from snow to Orlando, Las Vegas, and Scottsdale. I now try and race dirtbikes. I have two exotic cats and am married. I’ve worked my way up the professional ladder in F&B and currently work as a Catering & Events Manager.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I was so successful due to the rough road and struggled growing up. I needed an outlet, and skiing fast would make me feel free. Going upside down, off 80ft jumps in the Dew Tour, made me feel like I was flying. I trained physically in the gym constantly and watched ski videos at night. I memorized every course, and I would “race” them mentally and end up within a second of my finish time. I worked full time to pay my way at 17 and rent in aspen, CO. I was also getting sober while being surrounded by open bars. I knew no one.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m in a horrible place in life. I have lost the passion and drive that made me who I am as a professional, an athlete, and a career. I need a new career and outlet for me to thrive.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I would love to expand on all this when not using a dying cell phone.
- Instagram: @shanny.267
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