Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - June 2017
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Name:  Ryan Portello

Age:  19

Sport:  Mogul Skiing 

Level:   National 

Sometimes being big and strong is enough to dominate in a sport. Other times, a sport requires an athlete to be extremely fast and agile. And occasionally, the physical abilities needed to excel at a sport combine both requirements in a particularly demanding way.

This could not be more true than it is in mogul skiing. Nineteen-year-old Ryan Portello knows the unique physical demands of his sport inside and out. He’s spending his current off-season working hard on every aspect.

This offseason I am looking to become a stronger and more powerful athlete, while still being able to be extremely fast and agile,” says Ryan.

Ryan also knows how important it is that his training provides benefits that translate well for his sport. “Training at the Athlete Factory, each movement has a purpose as it applies directly to my sport,” he says.

“As a mogul skier, I can’t afford to just be in the gym lifting as much as possible, without any consideration for body position or form,” he adds. “These are huge factors when it comes down to actually using the strength I’ve gained in my skiing.”

Ryan’s focus and dedication to his training and his sport have led to a lot of success. For the past five years he has been part of two different provincial teams, and is currently a member of the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team.

Of being named to the Canadian National Freestyle Ski Team, Ryan says it is one of the most memorable moments of his career so far. “It has been a goal of mine for so long,” he says.
“I’ve made the biggest improvements in my skiing in the last two seasons,” he says. “My improvements have helped make me the second-highest ranked non-national team athlete.”

For up-and-coming athletes, Ryan suggests setting realistic goals. “That said,” he adds, “don’t doubt yourself if you know you’re doing everything you can to become a better athlete.”
Going forward, with lots of hard work to back him up, Ryan is setting the bar high.

“This year, I would like to top my previous best result at the North-American Cup competition by coming in the top four,” he says.


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Linden Gaydosh and Mike Edem have both reported to CFL training camp for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Brendan Thera-Planden was drafted to the CFL by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Rugby athlete Alyson MacDougal made U18 Team Canada and is representing Canada in the Can-Am Series.

Zach Krottner made U17 Team Alberta for football.

Hockey player Liam Watkins won the Prospects Cup.

Dan "Smackintosh" McIntosh, long drive golfer, got through the local and regional qualifier placing 1st out of 120 people and qualifying for the World Championships in September. Dan also increased his world ranking through the qualifier and tour event into the top 32 which will secure his spot in all three televised events this season.
You can see Dan on the golf channel for the first live event June 5th & 6th. 
See Dan's recent interview with the Calgary Sun by clicking here.


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