Former Molson Employee Pursues the PodiumShare Tweet
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
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.
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.
- 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