Emily Cook's father raised her on his own after Emily's mom died -- and he's helped her become a two-time Olympian.
Exactly one year before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, our team arrived in Sochi, ready for snowy weather and a world-class competition: The Sochi World Cup and Olympic test event would be held a week later, on Feb.
One of my goals as an athlete is to go into each competition feeling prepared and confident. I love planning, so setting strategies to reach my goals makes me feel in control. I have always considered this to be one of my strengths, but I was reminded early this season that sometimes success requires a serious deviation from the drawing board.
When I was 23, I was on top of the world. It was 10 years ago, and I had qualified to represent Team USA in my first Olympic Games in aerial skiing. When I put on my first U.S. Olympic team jacket I felt like I had reached the most incredible accomplishment life could offer.