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Elliot Hovey

Rowing | USA

Home: Minturn, CO

Olympics: 2008 Beijing & 2012 London 

Favorite Athletic Achievement: 2006 IRA National Champions (Cal Berkeley, Men's Varsity 8+), and competing in the Olympics

Personal Achievement: After leaving sport and entering the "real world" I was fortunate enough to help build a ride sharing platform (Skedaddle) and get recruited to work at one of the fastest growing start-up businesses in history (Uber). After several years of being in the "right-place with the right job" I ended up packing my bags, leaving the city, and moving to the mountains. All along I knew it was the place for me. Taking the road less traveled has made all the difference.

Why I am Inspired to be a RISE Mentor: I am inspired to be a RISE mentor because I want to assist young athletes navigate the road to success, not only in sport, but in any endeavor they choose to pursue.

What would I tell my 13-year-old self: If I told you in 10 years time you would be competing at the Olympics, would you believe me? No? Ok well, whatever you do: follow your gut, trust yourself, and do-not-quit. EVER!

Favorite way to focus: Sit in a quiet, calm place and be mindful of everything in the moment.

Best way to rest/recover: Hike, Fly-fish, ski, and be present

Fun Fact: In my high school year book, I was NOT selected to be the one as most-likely to go to the Olympics . . . BUT I was in the dramatics society, won a distinction in studio arts, and wanted to be an architect.

What I do now: Ski Instructor in Vail Colorado

My Favorite Mentoring Moment: I can't think of a specific moment but, the most meaningful phrase that I use in mentoring is "wear a helmet." Take risks but be prepared because if you are truly "sending-it" in life, you are going to fall at one time or another. And the whole point of wearing protection is so when you fall down, you can get back up and KEEP GOING.