Canadian snowboarder taps Buddhism for edge in Sochi, and life

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He may not quite be at the point of giving all victory to others, but as the Sochi Winter Olympics opens today, Canadian snowboarder Crispin Lipscomb tells Reuters he does aim to shred with serenity after soaking up some Buddhist wisdom:

“About five or six years ago I started traveling to Korea and I was introduced to some monks who run a thousand-year-old temple. In all the reading that I did and learning about [the Buddhist] approach…I found great parallels to our snowboarding: ways to deal with fear, ways to deal with the physical challenges, and to stay in the moment. I remember being told about this stuff by sports psychologists and trainers, but it’s only making more sense now.”

Read more here about other qualities Lipscomb plans to bring to the halfpipe competition, and his generous spirit toward his rivals.