I'm not from a maple producing area and so my maple syrup credentials are very much of the eating side.
If it's not 100 per cent pure maple syrup, it can't be called 'pure maple syrup.'
I think what it takes to succeed remains the same. You have to have a real love of your sport to carry you through all the bad times, you still want to go ski even when things aren't working. You must have a commitment to work hard and to never give up.
Rowing provided a place to go, a community where people cared about what I did and what I achieved.