|A view of the course from the top of our hotel building|
|Me in third, headed over the top of one of the little hills in the course. (fasterskier photo)|
|Talking skis with one of our techs, Mikey Matteson. So fun to have him join us for the WC's!! (Flyingpoint photo)|
|The race literally started in the gate into the old city- This is me at the start of the quarterfinals. (Eric Packer photo)|
|Trying to find the best path in a large group of people. (Fasterskier photo)|
|Lots of spectators and lots of tight skiing. This is me in the back following some Norwegians and Sophie. (Fasterskier photo)|
|Racing for the finish line. As you can see, everyone fighting for the same spot. (fasterskier photo)|
|Just off the line- Norway vs. USA. I am number 15. (fasterskier photo)|
|Look at all those awesome fans in the background!! Thanks everyone. (Flyingpoint photo)|
The one thing that really stood out this past weekend was the incredible atmosphere. There were so many US fans, and so many US flags flying. As I raced around the course all I could hear was screaming and my name. In every city sprint I have ever done, there are always tons of fans- but never once have I gotten to hear my name screaming across the course. Thanks to all the college teams and fans from the east coast that came up. You guys really made it one of the best racers I have ever been part of.
|Even with all the chaos surrounding you... with five minutes to go, you have to relax your mind and find your confidence. (flyingpoint photo)|
I was also having a really fun time watching the enthusiasm on all the faces of my teammates that had their first World Cup races this weekend. I am just so excited for them all. A city sprint is pretty much the most motivating way to start a season. It really makes you hungry for more. Here is a quote that one of my teammates, Lauren Fritz had on her facebook that really made me smile:
"In high school my coach told me "If you want to race with the big dogs, you can't train with the puppies."
Today I trained on the World Cup sprint course surrounded by the world's best Nordic skiers.
Wicked fun course in the city, can't wait to put on a bib Saturday."
|The APU Team the night before many of their first races... plus Michael Henrich who joined us for massage this week.|
More news to come soon!
A great video from the team sprint day when the girls made some history.