espnW Turkey Day Traditions
Sasha DiGiulian, rock climbing
This is me (left) and my brother and two cousins. I’m a dual citizen, so many of my cousins live in Canada. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I celebrate with them. This year I will be headed up to Montreal, hoping for some fresh early-season skiing!
Hilary Knight, hockey
I am a direct descendant of numerous Mayflower passengers, and our families lived in Rhode Island until my generation. Because of this, we usually celebrate and give thanks for the freedom afforded us to choose our religion and worship. This is me, with my brothers, and we are headed out to shoot for the turkey!
Heather McPhie, skiing
Family is super important to me, and it feeds my soul to spend time with them. In this picture I’m on the far right, with my family. My only main tradition around Thanksgiving is to be with people I love and to put everything else on hold to cherish time together. We eat amazing food that we make together, we go outside together as a family and we play games. Triple solitaire is my favorite. My mom and my sister are fast, so it’s good training for me.
I love pumpkin pie, and it has become a tradition for me to make a couple of pies each year. With training, sometimes it doesn’t always work out for me to be with my family for holidays, but family to me is a broad term, and I have so many wonderful people in my life to be thankful for. I have been fortunate enough to always spend Thanksgiving with people I love.
Chanelle Sladics, snowboarding
For the last six years I have been living in Breckenridge, Colo., and have been too far from home to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family. My friends on tour have become my chosen family, and I am so grateful for them! The great news is, they are athletes and want to put the best into their body and spirit. If we choose to have a turkey, we put it in the oven in the a.m. before snowboarding, and let it slow-cook all day. Last year everyone brought quotes to share with the group, which was very inspiring. We often go dancing afterward and meet up with our other many friends in town preparing for the season. It’s really cool how much everyone looks after each other! So much love. (Chanelle is on the far left)
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