Canyon Blog spent the day with Wasatch Adaptive Sports, Utah’s premier adaptive program for winter and summer sports https://wasatchadaptivesports.org/ , where he had the honor of working with Jonathon Blank on a mono ski.
Jonathon is a Utah resident and combat medically retired Marine from Force Recon. He was pretty much a kick ass guy before he retired, when his injuries from combat put him on a different course, specifically, on Snowbird ski runs and where he definitely still kicks ass.
Turns out the Marine, who’d only ever skied twice before his injuries, and has received instruction from WAS only twice, is a natural. Of WAS he says, “The people are great and the instruction fantastic. I’m out there to send it, and they make it happen.” The WAS motto: “Making memories to match our mountain.” Something the pros there do every day.
Jonathon has only skied a mono seven times, but it can confidently be stated he’s the most natural beginning mono skier your correspondent has had the pleasure of working with and seen in 40+ years of downhill. Ask about future skiing plans and you get a Marine answer, “I’m planning to be a competitive skier at the national level.” No room for misinterpretation there.
From one combat veteran to another, here’s to seeing you on a future podium Jonathon. Semper Fidelis!