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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jordie Karlinski

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordie Karlinski. 

Hi Jordie, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in Aspen, Colorado, and started snowboarding at the age of 7 through the local Aspen Valley Ski & Snowmass Club. I began to compete at the age of 8 and did pretty well in competitions during my younger years. As I got older, I began to podium and win regional and national competitions. I began to compete on the professional level as I was entering High School. At this time, I was also invited to be on the US Snowboard Team for Boardercross. While I was on the US Snowboard Team during High School, I competed in the XGames, World Cups all over the world, Gravity Games, and Grand Prix’s. After three years on the US Team, I decided I wasn’t “in love” with Boardercross and made the switch to focus solely on Slopestyle (jumps and rails). I competed on the professional level for the rest of my snowboarding career, making podiums on the international level. In 2011 the first US Snowboard Slopestyle Team was created in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Me and five other teammates made up the first US Slopestyle Team where we continued to compete all over the world with the ultimate goal of making the 2014 Winter Olympics. 

Fast forward to the US Olympic Qualifiers during the 2013/2014 winter season. Going into the last qualifier in Mammoth Lakes, CA, I was tied with my teammate for the final US Olympic Team spot for the ladies…meaning I needed to beat her in order to make the US Olympic Team. I ended up falling on my second competition run and did not beat my teammate. I was extremely disappointed in myself and felt that I had let so many people down. Not making the Olympics was a tough one to bounce back from, especially since it was a lifelong goal. Ultimately, I retired from competitive snowboarding after the 2014 winter. 

After retiring I worked at Lululemon back home in Aspen, Colorado where I worked my way up to Assistant Store Manager then decided to move on from Lululemon. Working at Lululemon was the perfect job for me as I was trying to figure out who I was outside of snowboarding, and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life because there was a ton of focus on personal development and mindfulness…two things I am very passionate about to this day. I became a certified mindfulness coach with the idea to work with athletes to help them perform at their peak potential, and also to help athletes who recently retired from sport and went through a similar experience as I did when I retired. This idea didn’t fully come to fruition. I coached competitive snowboarders for the 2018/2019 winter season, and then made the decision to become a real estate agent in the Aspen/Snowmass area. 

All of the skills and traits I developed as a professional athlete have translated very well to being a real estate agent. It is a competitive career, you experience mental ups and downs daily, and you are your own boss/have to grow your business. I am grateful for the discipline and drive I learned from being an athlete, it has allowed me to have some success early on in my real estate career. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Absolutely not. Some of the biggest struggles in my real estate career have been building a reputation as a trusted real estate broker and building my book of business. It’s not easy when there are hundreds and hundreds of real estate brokers who has been at it for 30+ years, in a very small Valley. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am most proud of staying true to who I am as I grow my real estate business. I’m not an extrovert and the thought of going to every single networking event stresses me out. I don’t rely on those events solely as the source of my business. I network in ways that feel authentic to me, and in return, I get clients who are more like-minded and who want to work with me. I think my ability to connect with clients in a meaningful way, my attention to detail, being available for my clients, and my creative multi-channel marketing plans set me apart. I work very hard to grow my business and make sure my clients are well taken care of every day. 

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
People can visit my website, if they’re interested in buying or selling real estate in the Roaring Fork Valley (Aspen, Snowmass, Woody Creek, Old Snowmass, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs). 

They can connect with me on Instagram: @jordiekarlinski 


I love being a resource for anything real estate-related whether someone’s thinking of buying or selling, or not – so reach out if you ever have questions! I also love working with first-time homebuyers and guiding them through the process! 

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Jenna Daily
Jesse Hoffman
Ian Fohrman

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