|Hanging with Ides between heats at the OPA Cup|
|Skate sprint in Val Mustair (Nordic Focus/Toko US photo)|
|Cooling down with Breck in Val Mustair|
|Sim and I both took the wins in Planica and here we are with our head coach, Chris Grover, at the awards ceremony|
|Slovenia was a little chilly, so Ides and I embraced comfort over fashion in an attempt to keep ourselves warm|
|Recovering from the flu on a field trip with my parents ;)|
|Skiing around TOblach with one of our techs and my friend, Andrew Morehouse|
|All smiles after Sim's 2nd place!|
|Sprint heat in Toblach|
|Sprint qualifier (Marcel Hilger photo)|
|Team sprint (Marcel Hilger photo)|
|Hot air balloons everywhere!|
After Toblach, we traveled to Ulricehamn, Sweden. This was a new venue for the World Cup and it did not disappoint! Ulricehamn is a town of 8,000 people and they sold 50,000 tickets for the weekend of racing. The volunteers could not have been friendlier, the tracks were great, and the fans were psyched. There wasn't a sprint last weekend, so I was mostly training in Ulricehamn, but we had eight healthy girls, so we were able to start two relay teams on Sunday and I skied a skate leg on our second team. This was only the second time ever we've had enough girls to start two teams and it was made extra special because it was our supertour leader, Liz Guiney's, first weekend of World Cups! On Monday morning, we loaded a bus and drove to Falun, Sweden. This weekend I will do the skate sprint in Falun.
|Training in Ulricehamn (Simi photo)|
We're over halfway through the season and the second half tends to fly by. We have a lot to look forward to in the next month and a half. After the races this weekend, a small group of us will fly to South Korea for the Olympic test event. It will be a quick trip, but I've never been to Asia before and think it will be quite the experience! After that, we head to Valadalen, Sweden for a little training camp before the World Cup in Oteppa, Estonia and World Champs in Lahti, Finland. After World Champs, I will do one more sprint in Drammen, Norway before heading back home because World Cup Finals have been moved to Quebec City!! We will be in Quebec City racing from March 17th-19th, so if you had fun cheering at the Ski Tour Canada last year, come do it again in March. Thanks for following!
|Ready for the races! (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)|