The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted: 01/17/2014 1:28 pm EST | Updated: 01/25/2014 4:01 pm EST
It's been four years since Ashleigh McIvor burst onto the national stage at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, racing to gold in ski cross.
With the Sochi Winter Olympics nearing, McIvor will again be front and centre, but she won't be competing. After retiring in 2011 due to a devastating knee injury, the Whistler, B.C. native will be part of the CBC broadcast team for the Games. She'll be providing colour commentary on freestyle skiing.
McIvor become one of Canada's most recognizable athletes after Vancouver 2010. She married Vancouver Whitecap defender Jay DeMerit and has forged a thriving career as a motivational speaker. She's also been recognized in a host of "most beautiful athletes" lists.
To learn more about McIvor's upcoming television work, watch the video above.
I'm in Toronto right now with the entire #CBCOlympics crew for an Olympic Seminar - basically a giant production meeting for the upcoming Sochi Olympic broadcast. I'll be providing colour commentary for the skicross, and I'm absolutely thrilled to be involved. At the end of the day today, Scott Russell had every Olympian in the room stand up, and I realized that Chris Irwin has followed through with his original intentions of getting Olympic medallists involved for almost every single sport's coverage.
We got a sneak peek at the graphics and the features that have been pulled together for the games - they look great - and got to meet the lovely people we'll be working with, both in Russia and on the other end of whatever technology will be keeping us connected to the home base in Toronto. So nice to be part of the team!
It's so interesting to see what goes into the Olympic broadcast, and to see how the athletes are presented and portrayed by the media, for the media. We Canadian athletes really are one big team, and it's so hard to determine who is going to have success ahead of time. Even as an athlete it's impossible to know whether you will win or lose. I just hope that every single athlete goes into these Olympics treating it like the time in their life that they will eventually look back on as "that time I won the Olympics" like I did. I wrote everything down, I took lots of pictures, I did my work, and I savoured every moment, because I knew there was a chance that I would look back on the entire experience as just that: "that time I won the Olympics".
Here are some of my behind the scenes pics, and some retrospective comments about how my life has changed since 2010. I love to think of all the other athletes who's lives are about to change forever.