Former Molson Employee Pursues the Podium

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Former Molson employee in Calgary, Matt Skolnik is training hard in pursuit of the podium at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, and Molson Coors Canada is proud to support him along the way!  Good luck Matt! We’re cheering for you.  Thanks for being our guest blogger this week. Cheers, @MolsonTonia

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Matt at the World Championships in Lake Placid

I was born in Slovakia and came to Canada when I was 10. Seeing my parents struggle to provide a better life for us has motivated me to take advantage of every opportunity I am given. Not being quite at the level of the top Canadians, my dual citizenship has given me a shot to go to the games in Vancouver. Even though I might be there under the Slovak flag, I am there as a Canadian.  Doing it on my own and being self-funded with no coaching presents its own challenges but it is the proverbial story of the underdog. I have spent the last 4 years, training 6 days a week, 11 months a year so that this winter I am at my absolute strongest and fastest. The next 3 months of racing will decide who qualifies and who goes home.

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I have been competing internationally in the sport at an elite level for 5 years now and have sacrificed everything for the opportunity to push myself to bring out the best. I have left my job to focus on it fulltime and I am forever grateful for the support Molson has provided to myself, the other Canadian athletes, and our sport in general. As a former Molson employee I have to say there are few companies that match Molson-Coors in regards to community support and social responsibility. Without the support we wouldn’t stand a chance in Vancouver. Thank you and I hope to represent myself and Molson in Vancouver this February.

Accomplishments:

  • Qualified for World Championships 4 years in a row.
  • 2004 America’s Cup Calgary 11th
  • 2009 America’s Cup Calgary 9th
  • 2009 ASA Cup Overall Champion

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    Former Molson employee pursues the podium! [link to post]

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    MolsonTonia (Tonia Hammer)
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    Supporting our Canadian athletes in their pursuit of the podium at the 2010 Winter Games – limited Molson 2010 pins :) [link to post]

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    RT @molsonTonia Supporting CDN athletes in their pursuit of the podium @ the 2010 Games – limited Molson 2010 pins :) [link to post]

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    hmwhistler (Heather Martin)
  4. Hi Everyone

    I just want to thank everyone at Molson for their support for this season. Training this summer has gone well and almost a month into the season I am working ahrd to get ready for the first qualifying race in Germany Nov 27. I spent two weeks in Lake Placid NY training and now have been in Germany for the last week and a half. Training has been hard and I have been struggling with this track but we have another two weeks of training here before the races. Should be plenty of time to fix the problems.

    Our days start at 7 am with 40 minutes of jogging and stretching, breakfast, then we go to the track for a 30 minute warm up and sliding. Each session is about 4 hours all together all for 3 one minute runs. At 20-40 euros a run you have to make it worth it. After training we have lunch and a video review /analysis session that is followed by wither a sprint work out or a weight lifting session, physio, dinner, and bed.

    ……obviously we go out for a pint or two every now and then as well;)

    Matt Skolnik
  5. hey buddy , haven’t heard from you. did you make it into the olympics?

    vince

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