Hi MYSL kids!
I’m writing to you from Italy, where I am in a training camp after racing in the Tour de Ski. I want to share with you what I’ve been up to and the places I’ve been in the first part of the World Cup racing season, back in November! After packing up my duffel bag and ski bag for the winter, I hugged my family goodbye and left Minnesota. I won’t be back home until March, so I had to pack a bag for 5 months…the whole winter! Can you imagine being on the road for a whole winter? What would you bring with you? Of course I bring my skis, boots, poles and boots…but I also like to bring some books, some of my favorite snacks like peanut butter (they don’t have good peanut butter in Europe!) and some cards.
My first stop in Europe was way up north, in Muonio, Finland. I rejoined my US Ski Teammates, and we lived in little cabins in a tiny ski town. Muonio is above the Arctic Circle, so it was dark most of the day, but we got to see the Northern Lights one night! We stayed in Muonio for a week to train and get used to the different time zone, then we traveled to Ruka (also called Kuusamo), which is also in Finland for the first World Cup races of the year.
Happy November, MYSL skiers!
I’m writing to you from Canmore, Alberta, where we just finished up a camp on snow! I was up in Canada with the US Ski Team and my club team for 10 days to practice skiing on real snow instead of roller skiing before the racing season starts. Canmore has a huge ski area, and two winters ago I was there with the World Cup racers to compete on their super hilly and rocky trails.
Hey MYSL skiers!
I’m living up at 8,000 feet above sea level in Park City, Utah right now with my US Ski Team teammates. So you know how high that is, the highest point in Minnesota is 2,301 feet. So coming to Park City and living up in the mountains is a big change - 4 times higher than I usually live at! The air is drier here, so I have to drink a ton of water and we always get dusty when we go running. And when I first got up here it was hard to breathe just walking up the stairs! That’s what always happens to me during my first week of high altitude. It’s important for us to live up here and practice training and racing at higher altitude because some of the World Cups in Europe are also in the mountains, and we need to be ready. It’s also a fun training camp because so many ski clubs from all over the US come to Utah to train. This is our last big training camp together before winter starts up, and it’s a good chance to work on last-minute technique changes and go on some fun runs through the mountains before it gets too cold out!
What’s the deal with all this cold weather in April, huh? It makes me think that ski season never ended, after all! Speaking of the end of ski season, I want to tell you about what happened after the Olympics. The Olympics in Russia were definitely the highlight of the year; I had been looking forward to them for months and years, but the season didn’t stop after Closing Ceremonies! We still had World Cup race weekends left in Lahti (Finland), Oslo and Drammen (Norway) and Falun (Sweden). I was super excited to continue racing and although the Olympics had left me a little worn out, I also left Sochi very pumped up for more skiing!
Hi MYSL skiers!
I want to give you the inside scoop on the Olympics, and let you know what it’s like to get to race at them! First of all, travel to Russia took a lot of steps; flying, checking in at customs, taking a bus to scan our bags, riding another bus, taking a gondola, then a shuttle…it was a long travel day! But once we made it to our village, we were able to settle in and we didn’t travel very much after that, since we lived on the top of a mountain. We had everything we needed up there! There was a huge dining hall with food stations from around the world, where they served food typical to Asia, the USA, Russia, and Central Europe. If you were thirsty, there were Coke machines around the village, and each athlete had a special key that let us get drinks for free. There was a huge game room for the athletes with pool, table tennis, Wii and lots of board games, as well as a disco, post office and store.
Hi there MYSL skiers!
I’m writing to you from Toblach, Italy, but a lot has happened since my last post after the Tour de Ski! Here’s the big news: I was named to the 2014 Winter Olympic Team! So, in only 4 days, I will be flying to Sochi, Russia to live in the Olympic Village and compete in the Games. I am very excited to represent Minnesota and the US in Cross Country skiing!
Hello MYSL Super Skiers! I’m writing to you from Italy…land of fresh pasta, gelato, sunshine and Dolomite mountains!
The last post I wrote to you was about where I was during the Holidays and how I spent Christmas break in Davos with my ski family. But the day after Christmas, the next adventure began! I bet you’ve heard of the Tour de France…but did you know that there is a Tour de Ski as well? It is made up of 7 races, over 9 days, in 4 venues spread out over 3 countries.
Hello again MYSL skiers!
I hope you are having a great winter, and staying warm…I heard it’s been freezing cold in Minnesota lately! I have been traveling all over the past three weeks, but this post I’ll tell you about what I was doing over the Holidays. This will be the first winter that I haven’t gone home to help my family decorate the Christmas tree, but I still had a really good week.
Hello MYSL Kids! I have some adventure to tell you about! The ski season has started, and for the last month I have been traveling and racing around Europe. I left home on November 15th, and I won’t be home until April…that’s about 5 months on the road! I think I’m pretty good at living out of my suitcase by now. Can you imagine spending half a year with everything you own in 2 bags? What would you bring with you? Besides a lot of ski clothing and skis, poles and boots, I bring a couple fun things with me to help me feel more at home.