Cary Mullen, two-time Olympian, World Cup downhill champion, and former member of Canada’s national ski team, carved out many successful tracks over his ski career including his 1994 FIS World Cup downhill win in Aspen, Colorado. He also holds the World Downhill Speed Record at 151 km/h in Kitzbuhel, Austria, considered the most dangerous course on the World Cup circuit.
Like a ski hill, bumps and obstacles appear out of nowhere and can set you off course. Mullen had his share of falls, some of which led to debilitating memory loss and months in hospital over his professional skiing career in the late 1980s to ’90s.
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A favourite warm-weather destination?
Vivo Resorts, but we also have a residence down there so, sometimes, we’ll vacation at our home in Puerto Escondido.
Your cherished World Cup trophy shattered just after winning it? Did you manage to save it?
I did! I brought the trophy pieces home and my mom glued it back together. A few years later, it fell apart again and my daughter glued it back together so it’s still on the shelf. If you inspect it, you can see the flaws. I worked too hard for it and I was going to salvage it any way I could.
What factors made you choose Puerto Escondido for your resort development?
There were a few. Weather was the No. 1 factor and that 18-kilometre-long beach was another. The locals are such friendly, welcoming, authentic people and it’s a safe area. The Oaxacan cuisine—farm-to-table and sea-to-table—is all organic.
What do you love about Puerto Escondido?
It has this nice blend of surfers and artisans, which creates a cool vibe. I’m not a surfer but it feels like a ski town to me and it exudes a youthful, creative energy.
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