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bobpilot

Washington, US
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bobpilot Silver Member Nikonian since 08th May 2007
Fri 18-Jan-13 02:56 AM | edited Fri 18-Jan-13 06:50 PM by bobpilot

I met Gavin when he was 10 years old, the younger brother of a friend. Four yeas later, his brother and I needed a third person to go with us to be legal to ski; Gavin joined us.

I asked Gavin if he wanted to learn to ski a slalom course; being a lad of few words, he said "Yes." I told him I'd drop him after each pass. I told him to ski and not look at the balls, just ski, he nodded. He was a good solid skier. On the next pass, I told him to bend his front knee; he nodded. He did exactly as I told him, he didn't try to out-ski my coaching. I mentioned to his brother that he is a good athlete, he brother said, "Yeah, he is." I added one new skill on each pass. By the end, he ran 5 balls, at 26 mph. This usually takes several months to achieve.

In 2011, Gavin placed first in Regionals. At a tournament a year or so prior he filled out the athlete form and provided my name as the person who inspired him the most. He didn't list a big-name skier, and he has skied with the best, he put my name in that spot. I was stunned and oh so pleased. I am just a tad bit proud of him. To top this off, he is the best person I know.

I took these photo in 2008. I like the silhouette and wonder your thoughts are. I want to give him a gift and this will be made into a 20 x 30 print. Or should I use a front lit, color, image?

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