USASJ Story Project 20-DEC-2014 VESNA DAMLJANOVIC

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  1. THIS FROM WALTER MALMQUIST WHO WORKED WITH VESNA AT HOLDERNESS-
    Thank you for breaking the length limit rule for Vesna’s story. Maybe you were inspired to because of all the rule limitations Vesna nobly breaks as part of her approach to life everyday.

    Working with Vesna was a hoot! She wanted to jump so much she couldn’t stay away from the hills… she had a multitude of reasons why she could not move to the next level every time she reached the next level and then continued to aspire to the next level… she is clearly a determined/accomplished athlete/outdoors person… and she clearly overthinks every move she makes, making her super-self-critical as well as self-intimidating. Great stuff… different approach… but great stuff and she knows it!

    Despite and because of all that Vesna is a successful jumper and successful at tons of other challenging stuff… rock climbing, ice climbing, teaching, researching, consulting, becoming a physicist. That she became part of the ski jumping community as a child and confirmed the values that make the ski jumping community great by participating in and enjoying the sport as an adult confirms Vesna’s special aptitudes as well as ski jumping’s special attributes that captivate us all. I had no idea that Vesna was the first Serbian ski jumper… male or female. She’s an awesome person… a silent ice-breaker.

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