Erika's Aunt and Uncle are very generously letting us stay in their beautiful house outside of Park City. We have a beautiful view and often wake up to a nice view of elk roaming in the hills behind the house. The house has a huge kitchen so we've been having very tasty family dinners and baking yummy treats. Gus was in charge of our Canadian Thanksgiving dinner last night and made a great turkey despite the fact that he cooked it upside down and the skin was so tough you couldn't bite through it. There is one of those mini basketball hoop shooter games here and I'm currently undefeated in doubles. You can ask Skyler and Eric if you don't believe me.
|If you look closely you might be able to see the elk!|
|Group of boys training near Soldier Hollow (Gus photo)|
|Giant poster of Kikkan at the COE|
|Erik Bjornsen, Annie, and Jessie after our skate at Soldier Hollow|
Yesterday was an off day for us and we spent the afternoon being ambassadors for Fast and Female. Fast and Female is an awesome organization run by Chandra Crawford and Kikkan Randall that motivates girls to try sports and lead a healthy lifestyle by exposing them to positive role models and world-class athletes through clinics that are held throughout North America. Thanks to Liz Stephen for organizing the event in Park City - I thought it was a huge success. Each of the ambassadors was assigned a job during the event that was either leading a station or leading a group of girls. I was in charge of the Blue group and that consisted of girls who were about 10 years old. My co-leader was Canadian biathlete Zina Kocher and our group was great and I was psyched because blue is my favorite color - BONUS! I was very impressed with Jessie and Annie because they were in charge of the dance station and danced for over an hour straight staying smiley and peppy the entire time. The only downside to the day was that I think I had an allergic reaction, or something of the sort, to the amount of sparkles I put on my face. I've prided myself on not being allergic to anything and it wasn't a bad allergic reaction but it wasn't comfortable. This means the two things that I could potentially be allergic to are sparkles and perfume. I'm not sure what that says about me but I'm glad it's impossible to be allergic to the color pink because that seems like it would fit in nicely. Here are some pictures from Fast and Female.
|Annie, Sophie, Jessie, Sadie (USSA photo)|
|Fast and Female (USSA photo)|
|Ski Jumping station (USSA photo)|
|Dancing/ Nordic Station (USSA photo)|
|Alpine station (USSA photo)|
|Biathlon station (USSA photo)|
|Aerialist Station (USSA Photo)|
|SMS T2 Girls|
|View from our deck|
|Sunset over the same mountains|