6. On the energy between the athletes
To be clear: This sport is a free-for-all race on a downhill track of solid ice. It gets competitive. Even so, the athletes interact like friends who share an absurd hobby. The camaraderie is akin to that of elite CrossFit athletes, who cultivate a supportive atmosphere despite the competitive atmosphere.
“One of my favorite parts about this sport is that the camaraderie between the athletes is unlike any other sport,” Naasz says. “We’re already good friends, especially the North American athletes. The Canadians and the rest of the USA team, we really get along. The guys from Canada will even stay at my house during the event, and even in the locker room, it’s all positive and we’re all rooting for each other. If I had an equipment issue and another athlete had a spare, they’d give it to me. It’s all good vibes there. Once we’re on the track, all of the guys are very competitive…but when it’s all said and done, we’re all still friends.”
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