Jamie Finlayson – An athlete's journey 

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And work? He laughs. "Another ski racing connection," he says. "I'd done some framing in the city, even some renovation work while I was attending grad school. I liked working outside; I liked the physicality of it. Besides, the pay was good." It just happened that his old junior coach, Craig Glenday was renovating his Squamish home and wondered if Jamie might be interested in helping him complete the work now that he was living in the area. "So I said sure."

Things must have clicked nicely. For when the house was completed, Craig and Jamie decided to launch Coastal Mountain Custom Homes together. "We started the company in July of 2010," says Finlayson, "and our first major project — a 1950s bungalow on Hospital Hill that we made super-modern — won the 'Best Built Green Renovation in B.C.' award." He smiles. "You know, it's pretty satisfying to be recognized already as award-winning contractors."

Indeed. And to think this whole story started with a little kid and his ski racing dreams...

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