Racing Skeleton in the northern hemisphere Winter Olympian Michelle spent half a year (for 10 years) living and competing abroad.
2 time Winter Olympian Michelle, was the first Australian woman to compete in the event of Skeleton at the Olympics. Following a 10 year career in the sport Michelle retired in 2014 and now lives in Brisbane with her husband and 2 daughters.
Michelle transferred into the sport of skeleton in 2004 at the age of 18 from Surf Life Saving and Gymnastics. Her first overseas experience was in Calgary with a team of Aussie girls learning to slide skeleton tracks. Michelle then followed the world cup circuit each northern hemisphere winter for 10 years. She spent a lot of time in Europe and North America, also raced in Japan and Russia.
When coming home...
- Emotions Michelle faced - Eger to return home, intense and burn out but good to come home.
- What had changed - Came home to work, starting a family.
- Biggest stress - Missing the sport, setting herself up financially.
- How did her mindset change - Continually reflecting on the ups and downs and learning from that.
- 3 Lessons learned from travel and reverse culture shock
- Everything comes to an end - ebbs and flows, highlights and lowlights.
- Be open to new things - you can always find another way of doing something.
- Life is to be enjoyed.
- Advise to herself for returning home - know that there will always be another adventure, and it may look and taste and smell different and I may come about it differently but there are always good things to come if you apply yourself if you keep an open mind.
Australian Olympic Committee: Michelle Steele
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