Archive for November 2008
The ski season is getting ready to start full swing and everyone is getting amped. As excitement increases, I try to remember why I am a professional ski racer traveling the world with the United States Ski Team. We followed the early season snow to Colorado and have been training here for the last couple of weeks. Although I had an excellent summer, doing lots of dryland and taking classes at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, as the temperature drops the urge to compete slowly takes over. I have been skiing since I was two years old and over the years the love of the sport has become a part of me. The slopes of Copper Mountain and Keystone resorts have been crowded with other ski enthusiasts trying to take advantage of the early season snow and the training slopes are filled with courses of teams from all over the country.
The snow guns were blowing full force to get the race slope ready for the World Cup on Thanksgiving weekend in Aspen, CO. We took advantage of some exclusive training on the slope the last couple of days and are feeling ready to race next weekend. All the beautiful resorts we have skied in Colorado the last couple of weeks and all of the employees and volunteers that have made such great early season training possible, remind me how thankful I am to represent America as a skier. I started the season on a great note with a career best of 14th in the Solden World Cup Season Opener. I feel well prepared and ready to race! So Happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans celebrating this Thursday and I am hoping to have the cheers and thoughts of all American skiers and fans behind us this weekend as we race!
The World Cup Ski Racing season of 2008-2009 has begun with the giant slalom on the 25th in Soelden, Austria. The injected glacier set up very well and we had beautiful weather on race day. The great snow helped the challenging pitch in Soelden be a little less intimidating and although it felt rough on the way down, I had a personal best on the World Cup circuit finishing in 14th place. It was exciting to be able to bring my skiing from training this summer in New Zealand and Chile to the race hill. Along with on snow training, I did a lot of physical conditioning this summer and am ready for the race season to start full swing. After a good start in Soelden, I am looking forward to our next race in Aspen, Colorado on Thanksgiving weekend and am hoping to see a lot of fans out on the slopes!