|APU ladies skiing some loops together|
|Holly, Kikkan and I with some beautiful BROWN hills behind :)|
|Holly and I looking to do some grocery shopping in the mini Coop|
|And this is what skiing in Europe looks like now|
|A little old school mixed with some new school. These babies are traveling the world with me :) The marks on them show that they have been in all the same venues I am racing in now! How cool. (Nina Kempel skis)|
|Getting my business law study on. Learning about torts and crimes!|
The week in Davos was really nice. I spent the time out in the sun mixed between walking around the town, getting some homework done, catching up with my family since we finally have internet, and learning some swiss german. I have been struggling to get in the mood to do school work when we are constantly on the run with all the travel and skiing, but finals are coming up next week... so it's time to crack down :)
Friday afternoon we took off for Dusseldorf, arriving only the night before the race. Because Dusseldorf is a city, there is of course no skiing. In fact, I would compare it to Seattle. Warm weather, lots of rain, and a huge city!! What this means is training consists of running!
|My portable closet. This is my suitcase of clothing for 5 months! What to wear...what to wear.|
|My roomate Ida enjoying the warmth of the city!|
|A little preview of the crowd on the far corner of the course|
|Getting a cartoon drawn of me at one of the booths in the celebration at the venue.|
|Ida and I cheering for Kikkan from on top of the bridge. Athletes had access to some sweet cheering spots!|
|Racing out of the start|
|racing the boat in the background (I am the one in black with the pink headband)|
|Thats the Norwegian bus with all the cheering athletes! This is me out screaming Petter!|
|Canadian girls and us, all smiles! They too had a great day!|
|Hugs to the guys giving us speedy skis! Thanks Casey and the crew!!!|
|Kikkan and I, soooo pumped! All hugs!|
The best part of that race, was somehow we came from the back, and managed to make it happen. Our skis were fast, our hearts were there, and our entire team was out there screaming their heads off. Even with the loud sound of the crowds, I could still hear every person on the team screaming for us! At that finish line, as all the girls ran up and gave a big hug, choked up. I was so happy. It was the combined effort yesterday that made it so special! Thanks to all the service team, all the people screaming either at the TV, at the computer screen, or out on the venue! What a special day.
As we headed up onto the stage, Kikkan and I decided we were going to do a dance for our teammates back home, Jessie Diggins and Jennie Bender. As we jumped up on the podium we waved and did our dance.! What an incredible feeling. Check out the picture, I think the Norwegians are worried we are from another planet hahah.
Now I am spending the day here in Dusseldorf, trying to get some homework done before heading back to Davos tonight. From there, I will spend the week training before the World Cups this weekend. Saturday is a 15k skate, and then sunday is another skate sprint. Hopefully the snow will fly in the meantime and we won't be racing on a 1km loop!
Thanks to everyone for all the great emails and notes. I appreciate it so much. Thanks to everyone that has helped me get over here, and most of all thanks to my teammates for pushing Kikk and I on yesterday. You all are wonderful.
|Thats a day I won't be forgetting for a bit!|