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Yahoooo, I got my gold pin!!!!! :)

post #1 of 38
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I did it!!!!! I got my coveted, Level III Gold Pin!!! Yeee Haaaa!

Man, was that a stressfull 3 days, but it's over and I now have a shiney new gold pin on my jacket! A funny thing happened today though... I got a call from the ski shop telling me that my skis were ready to be picked up. I told them that I had already picked them up on Thursday. When I went to the ski shop to check out what they had with my name on it, it turns out that they had given me demo skis instead of mine. I didn't even notice because they were the same ski, but I thought that they looked a little beat up, but I was running late and didn't look that closely. So I passed my Level III on demo skis, and also while being 4 months pregnant! I kept the pregnancy a big secret until after I took the exam for fear that they wouldn't let me on the hill, or would give me special treatment.

So thanks to all of my fellow Bears for all of your great advice, and sharing your wealth of knowledge for those of us preparing for exams!

Sincerely,

~Anne~
post #2 of 38
Way to go
post #3 of 38
post #4 of 38
Wooo Hoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations two times over.

Now, does that mean the little one is a Level III too?

You give new meaning to "Ski like a girl."
post #5 of 38
Congratulations!!!
post #6 of 38
Congratulations!!!

Now you can give me the scoop on how it's done. The certification thing that is.

Congratulations on the kid thing too!
post #7 of 38
Thread Starter 
Ya T-Square, Level III by osmosis!

I've been skiing everyday since it's conception, so I'll at least have to name it Bode or Peek-a-boo!
post #8 of 38
Well done!
post #9 of 38
Thread Starter 
Glad you clarified that BillA! .

With the teaching portion, you must figure out which of the 4 skills that the lesson pertains to and then teach the lesson drills based on that.

Thanks for the kind words!
post #10 of 38
Congrats x2, Snowmiser. Perhaps you will name the child Goldie.
post #11 of 38
Yahoooo!! Way to go Anne
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post #12 of 38
Congratulations Anne!
post #13 of 38
I think you should venture north this weekend so we can celebrate!
post #14 of 38
Hey snowmiser!!!!! Hey Hey Na Na Way to Go! It couldn't happen to a nicer person!
post #15 of 38
Congradualtions, the pass rate in Central is very low. You now have three choices. Kick back and enjoy your status, give back or continue to work hard on your own skiing and give back.

In your case, option one might take precedent for a while until the baby is older.
post #16 of 38
Now, what are the bets that the kid will be skiing and making turns before he/she learns how to walk.
post #17 of 38
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So I passed my Level III on demo skis, and also while being 4 months pregnant!
That is the coolest thing I have read on here in awhile. Congrats.
post #18 of 38
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[color=red] So I passed my Level III on demo skis, and also while being 4 months pregnant! I kept the pregnancy a big secret until after I took the exam for fear that they wouldn't let me on the hill, or would give me special treatment.
Congratulations, well done indeed.

Your story brought back (long, long ago) memories of taking my (then) associate exam in Swain, NY where one of my examiners was 7 months pregnant and had us doing hop turns after she showed us how she wanted them done. Whew!!!

Luckily I passed but the two who carpooled up with me didn't-that was a long, quiet drive back to Ski Liberty.
post #19 of 38
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I had to go for an ultrasound today, and I hoped to find out the sex of the baby, but it's legs were jumping up and down so much, that we couldn't get a clear picture. I think the kid was still skiing the bumps! .
post #20 of 38
Thread Starter 
Hi Pierre!

I just learned from another Bear that up until the Schuss event, no other candidates had passed their Level III yet this season. If that's the case, I sure am glad I didn't know that before I got on the hill. That would have totally made me choke. But it's over now. 3 years, and 3 pins, and now it's time to ski for fun for a while!! . Yee Haaaa!
post #21 of 38
Awesome job Snowmiser. Wear your gold with pride. Sounds like another generation is already getting started.
post #22 of 38
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the positive vibes everybody!!! The Barking Bear forum still Rocks!!! .
post #23 of 38
Let us all know what happens in about 5 months. Looks like you planned this one so you won't miss skiing season next year.

Again, congratulations. 3 pins in 3 years is some feat.
post #24 of 38
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Hi T-Square!

Actually, planning had absolutly nothing to do with this one! This story only gets better! Apparently God has a sence of humor and some other plans for me. I thought I had had my last child 8 years ago. My husband had surgery 7+ ago figuring that we wouldn't have anymore kids. Surprise, surprise; those little buggers have a mind of their own and if there's a will there's a way: even after 7+ years. So I just turned 44 and many of my girlfriends are taking hormone replacement and I'm taking pre-natal vitamins! . Now that the initial shock has worn off, we're thrilled! A baby will keep us young, and my kids are thrilled. My 14 year old son was a little grossed out, , but other than that, they're as excited as we are.
post #25 of 38
You're an inspiration Anne
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post #26 of 38
Way to go! One of the skiteam coaches here has been skiing this year with a huge yellow jacket that says "Baby On Board" on it. Pretty funny to watch her smuggling that basketball all over the hill. Anyway, I saw her skiing on Sunday, and last I heard, she was in labor yesterday.
post #27 of 38
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I'd like to meet that ski coach epic! We'd probably get along well together! It's a good thing that my due date is in the summer.

I must admit, that putting on my ski boots in the morning is getting a little tougher these days!
post #28 of 38
That is awesome, Anne. Congratulations on passing that L3 exam--a real accomplishment for anyone, and espcially when you're passing it for two!

(I, too, am glad BillA clarified what he wanted advice about!)

For what it's worth, Annie Black, last year's Colorado Ski Instructor of the Year, and a long-time Examiner in the Rocky Mountain Division, skied and led clinics into her ninth month of pregnancy. With twins! She still claims that she thought she had better balance when she was pregnant. And those kids--now 17 or 18--are champions (one a skier, one a snowboarder--go figure!). I'm sure that experiencing the rhythm and other sensations of great skiing even before birth has to count for something!

Best regards,
Bob
post #29 of 38
Thread Starter 
Thanks Bob!

I'de love to meet Annie Black sometime! I'm having enough trouble getting my ski boots on in the morning at 4 months pregnant and with only one in there! She sounds like an amazing woman! I did find that my balance was better too. My one footed skiing during my exam was better than it's ever been! .

Thanks for the kind words and all of your great advice on The Barking Bear!

~Anne~
post #30 of 38
Snowmiser,

So good to hear great news! Congratulations on both.

RW
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