Sam has had many close friends and others in his community die. He expresses his connection to eastern traditions that have helped him cope with a greater understanding of the cyclical nature of life and death. In this interview Sam focuses on the need to talk about grief and create a space in our community where it is acceptable and expected that individuals openly express their what they are going through. Sam also touches on the accepted risks that athletes in the industry have to come to terms with, and how his own range of acceptable risk has been pulled back a bit; that he is able to find a challenging edge while avoiding the need to push past that in order to feel accomplished. Fear and grief are important to him as an athlete and as someone who has to continually deal with the grief of continuously loosing friends in this field.