It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a blog. Like many of you, I live a crazy fast paced life and I’m never in one place for long.

I’ve had a lot on my mind lately as I gear up for next season. To keep it simple, I’m just going to focus on one thing; One thing that I’ve learned in the past three years.

After the 2014 games; there was a lot of heartbreak, self-doubt, and broken body parts. To say I was crushed and disappointed in my performance was an understatement.  Going back into competition after meant that I not only needed to grow as an athlete, but also as a human being.

I own up to the fact that I’ve made mistakes along the way. They were my mistakes to make. I learned from them, I grew from them.  But I was recently told that I have a reputation of being ungrateful. While I don’t know the context of that claim, I have always strive to treat others the way I wish to be treated; with respect and gratitude.

So hearing this was deeply painful.

I recognize that I am naturally stubborn. It is both a blessing and a curse.  I’m not always quick to forgive others attitude towards me. Growing up I was taught that forgiveness must be earned; but as an adult, I have learned that few people in this world humble themselves enough to earn it.

Part of the #adulting thing is being humble enough to put your feelings aside and show gratitude regardless of the circumstances or blame. When people believe they’ve already helped you (even if they haven’t) they are far more likely to allow you to help them, help you.  Did you follow that?  It’s an ironic concept and I’m still working it out myself. It’s one of those theories you find in books about “the world’s most successful people.”

Help people, help you. First, If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.  Say you put yourself out there and the answer was still no. You now have a choice. You can either get angry, throw a tantrum, vent on facebook and cry yourself to sleep;  or, you can try again. This is the part that I struggle with.

Naturally, we all forgive and grow in our own time. Sometimes, it takes me longer to “get over it,” than it should. And while I’m busy getting over it; the world moves. Instead, I’m striving to replace my emotional response with gratitude and recognize a better way of handling difficult situations.

I recently read a quote that said, “With the most corrupt person, you can be honest. With the most angry person, you can be cool. With the most insulting person you can be graceful. If the balance of your personality and your sensitivity can remain under your control and projection, then you have learned the art of living.”

I want to be clear that learning this lesson and putting it into practice are two very different things. For now, I’ll be practicing. #LifeGoals #MentalToughness


Kansas YPS Welcomes Keynote Speaker, Paralympian Nicole Roundy on May 5th

Original Post: Kansas YPS

Eight-time World Cup Medalist Nicole Roundy will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Kansas YP Summit on May 5 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Wichita.

This year’s Summit will focus on the theme “Ad Astra,” inspiring attendees to look to the stars, setting lofty goals in their personal, professional, and community roles. Roundy will share her story of overcoming challenges to accomplish goals that others deemed impossible.

“YPW is ecstatic to again host the Kansas YP Summit in 2017, and Nicole Roundy will be an integral component to the program,” said Jamil Malone, 2017 YP Summit Event Planning Chair. “Her story of becoming the first person to compete in adaptive snowboarding is inspiring.”

Roundy represented the United States in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and is an eight-time World Cup Medalist in adaptive snowboarding. She is also an accomplished motivational speaker, holds a degree in business management, and is an advocate for The Challenged Athletes Foundation, The National Ability Center, and childhood cancer research.

This year’s statewide summit is hosted by Young Professionals of Wichita, which won the bid to host the 2016 and 2017 Kansas YP Summits. A volunteer group along with staff is leading the event planning initiative. Roundy is the first of many speakers that will be announced. We are currently accepting proposals from individuals and organizations who have a talk or development session to share with Kansas YPs related to the theme of “Ad Astra.”

To submit a proposal to become a speaker, please click here. To apply to be the Kansas YP Summit host city in 2018-2019, please click here.

Register today!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Meritrust Credit Union!


Horace Mann: Middle Division Welcomes Paralympian Snowboarder

Original Post: Horace Mann

On Thursday, April 20th, the HM Middle Division hosted an assembly with 21-time World Cup medalist Nicole Roundy. In her introduction of Roundy, Caitlin Hickerson, MD History Teacher, Service Learning Coordinator and Student Activities Coordinator, talked about the history of the Paralympics, noting that she learned it was ‘Para’ for ‘parallel’ not ‘paralyzed’ with the two events – Olympics and Paralympics – running side by side. “Though they do not intersect, neither is of lesser value or substance than the other. Each set of Olympians a master of their sport.” Hickerson also shared that “in 2006 [Roundy] became the first above-knee amputee, male or female, to compete in adaptive snowboarding” and “is consistently ranked as one of the best adaptive snowboarders in the world.”

Roundy spoke to the sixth, seventh and eighth graders in Gross Theatre, focusing her comments on the Middle Division’s 2016-17 highlighted Core Value, mutual respect. She asked the students to share what they thought mutual respect meant, and then shared her story. Diagnosed with bone cancer at age eight, Roundy said her mother empowered her when she told the then-eight year old that she couldn’t make the difficult decision about amputation for her, but that Roundy needed to decide. She talked about her decision, and how that decision changed her life in ways she could not have imagined. In discussing her path to becoming a Paralympian snowboarder, she explained to the students that it simply was not possible when she started, as the prosthetic technology wasn’t there yet. She highlighted the advances that made it possible, focusing on the respect that she and the prosthesis designers had for each other; they respected her passion and her dream, and she respected their talent and their designs. “That, to me, is mutual respect,” Roundy explained, and asked the students to think about the people in their lives. “Do they make you stronger?” She added that it isn’t the prosthetics that make her a great athlete, but “my persistence and my relationship with others.”

Roundy shared how much she respects her competitors, such strong and accomplished women, and said she feels privileged to travel the world with them. “My story is powerful, …but it is just as important as your story,” she told the students, adding that their stories are only just beginning, with so much left to write. “Embracing others – our differences and talents – is what opens doors for everyone, not just for me or for you.” She ended her remarks by telling the middle schoolers she never stopped believing that through persistence and respect she could “have a positive or lasting impact on the world” and urged the students to respect themselves, their dreams, and those around them.

Roundy responded to questions at the end of the assembly. One of the students asked who her role models had been. Roundy responded that she never felt she put any one on a pedestal, but highlighted her mother who taught her about love, and her good friends who taught her she could do anything. Then she grinned at the audience and said “…and Tom Cruise.” When another student asked her to reflect on the experience of having cancer, Roundy said that while she did not choose that path, if living through that experience was what it took to get her to the place she is in her life today, she probably would not change a thing.

To learn more about Nicole Roundy, or watch her recent TEDx talk on The Science of Snowboarding, visit her website at


Nicole set to Speak at Rutgers 2017 MARK Conference

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 the Mark Leadership Conference hosted by the department of Leadership & Experiential Learning at Rutgers University in Piscataway NJ  will aim to inspire action among students and encourage them to think critically about the “mark” they will leave on the world around them.

This unique full-day conference experience will showcase 20+ diverse speakers that have made their mark on society and inspire attendees to take action in this TED—styled event. This year, the conference is celebrating its 5th Anniversary, and we have designed an intense, exhilarating, and influential conference curriculum just for you! Stay connected and follow us with the handle @markconference and the hashtag #MyMark.

2017 Mark Conference

Conference Time:
9:00AM (Registration)
9:45AM (Doors Open)
10:00AM – 6:30PM (Conference)



SALT LAKE CITY – Nicole Roundy, a champion Paralympic snowboarder, begins her exciting competition season this week on the heels of being the cover story for The Beauty Battalion’s January issue, for which she was handpicked by the magazine’s founder and accomplished make up artist, Missy Lovett.

“For the January issue, we wanted to highlight someone who is committed to reaching for and obtaining her goals despite setbacks while staying true to herself,” says Missy Lovett. “Nicole fit the bill perfectly, and after meeting her it was obvious that she is truly beautiful inside and out. We are thrilled by the response her cover story has received.”

After being featured on the cover of the magazine which is dedicated to featuring “real” people as opposed to professional models and celebrities, Nicole Roundy headed out on the competition circuit and is scheduled at the following events:

Jan. 24-27: NoRam and World Cup Para Snowboard Cross, Sierra at Lake Tahoe
Feb. 2-7: Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships, Big White, Canada
March 8-13: Para Snowboard World Cup Finals, PyeongChang, South Korea

Despite an impressive medal collection from her accomplished career as a competitor, Roundy says, “For me, medals are only a way of measuring progress. It’s never about the medal itself.  I want to be the best through dedication, focus and hard work. I’m at a point in my career where this is mostly professional. My objective is to go into every race knowing how to navigate the course to my advantage, to charge and leave it all there. I’ve been learning to enjoy both the fun and serious elements of this sport in stride.”

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Adaptive Dew Tour

Nicole Roundy to compete: Dew Tour Breckenridge adds adaptive snowboarding

On Thursday, Mountain Dew and The Enthusiast Network announced that, as part of their effort to completely reimagine Dew Tour Breckenridge 2016, the winter sports festival will feature a men’s and women’s adaptive snowboarding competition for the first time ever.

The competition will include two dozen of the world’s best adaptive snowboarders, and came about as part of a partnership with Toyota and Adaptive Action Sports. The Dew Tour Adaptive Competition will take place on Friday, Dec. 9.

“We are beyond excited to collaborate with Toyota, Adaptive Action Sports and Breckenridge Ski Resort to bring an adaptive competition to Dew Tour for the first time,” Adam Cozens, Vice President and GM of Dew Tour, said in a press release.

“This great addition is part of our bigger vision at TEN to reimagine the Dew Tour by creating compelling action sports events that celebrate the sports and the athletes through style, creativity and inclusiveness,” Cozens continued in the release.

The contest itself will be run on a banked slalom course with each competitor taking three runs down the course and using their fastest time as their final score. The women’s adaptive snowboard final will take place at 11:30 A.M. MDT and the men’s competition will follow starting at 12:45 P.M. MDT.

Coverage of the competition will be highlighted on, and will be featured in a spot on the NBC’s Dew Tour television special, which will air on Dec. 24.

Dew Tour Breckenridge 2016 kicks off Thursday, Dec. 8, and fans can tune to for a live webcast of the weekend’s action.




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