Dropping In: Sean Busby

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 12, 2012 9:17 pm

It is always fun and refreshing to see a professional athlete overcome personal adversity en route to fulfilling their passion for their sport. Such an icon is the inspirational snowboarder Sean Busby. Sean sits down with The Ski Channel to chat about his back country riding, persevering in his struggle with type 1 diabetes, and his non-profit organization, Riding On Insulin. 

Sean, who is an avid, passionate snowboarder, grew up in SoCal and went professional in snowboarding at the young age 16. He traditionally travels to remote corners of the world to ride back country expeditions. While training for the 2010 Olympics in 2004, Sean encountered a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Considering leaving the sport behind him because of his diagnosis, Sean became inspired after hearing stories from young children about how they have learned to live life to its fullest despite their bump in the road. Soon after, Sean returned to snowboarding and formed Riding on Insulin with his wife Mollie Busby, and they do a fantastic job running the company across the globe.

This awesome organization came about from the hardships Sean faced himself a few years back. Riding On Insulin is a nonprofit organization that hosts ski and snowboard camps around the world for kids and teens coping with type 1 diabetes. The camps typically host kids ages 7-17, and assists those of all the various skill levels, from brand new boarder to more advanced riders. During the camp days, the riders learn to maintain their blood sugar level on the mountain where altitude, humidity, and climate all come into effect. 

The interview really captures the emotions Sean had when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and it is great to hear how he overcame this struggle to keep pursuing his dreams. For sure a great role model to young people around the world going through the same situation!

To donate or learn more about Riding On Insulin and Sean’s journey, visit http://www.ridingoninsulin.org/.