Distributed across the course are thousands and thousands of fans just decked out in face paint, flags and anything to support their home crowd. And not to forget, along with the people are big camps set up with people dressed all funny, drinking and cooking food on the campfire. I have to say, its a smell that isn't always so pleasant to smell while you are racing- but I am more than happy to put up with it in exchange for the incredible enthusiasm these people have. What a place!! There is a reason all the Norwegians are so good- the people here are in love with the sport!!
|Coming through the stadium- with a huge crowd in the bleachers behind|
|The large church that sort of serves as the finish line as well as the "center" of the course.|
|Wet and warm in rainy Drammen!!|
|It's hard to tell, but that is in fact a stage with a band... and the ski course runs between it and the people Thanks to Will Coleman for many of these pictures! I was much to soaked to bring my camera out.|
|A little glimpse of the scene|
|Sprinting it out with the Norwegian girl I collided with right up to the finish|
|Walking along the ocean with Marit Ulsund, one of my good friends who was skiing at UAA last year.|
|Why not laugh a little?|
|Race prep pre-race day with the ladies... the black mamba!!|
|Testing some skis with the ladies the day before.|
|Ahhh yes, feeling the burn baby!!|
So, as I said- its now onto Italy where I will be racing in the OPA Cup Finals. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will also be meeting up with a huge group of other American athletes, one being my brother- so I am really looking forward to it. Sad to leave the amazing atmosphere of Oslo, but happy to see what will come next.
Now its on to taking an ice tub to try to numb some of the "race ache"!