до свидания, Сочи
I'm sitting in the airport in Sochi, waiting to depart. The last few days have been pretty nuts--a crazy super-g race (women's AND men's!), a USA Olympic hockey game, exploring the Olympic park, packing, and soaking in the last little bit of all the possible.
The super-g race two days ago was so tough. It was a challenging set on a difficult hill...and when starting early is often an advantage, it was definitely not the case on that day. Leanne started 2nd, and she was the first girl to make it to the bottom. When I, bib 7, came through the finish (after skiing out on the bottom section), Leanne was still the only racer on the board. That was a bit of a surprise... but neat that Leanne was winning the Olympics for a while!!! My family, being my wonderful family, thought Leanne would win the race, and also suggested that I ask for a 'redo.' Spectacular.
Unfortunately, I just didn't have enough direction coming off the bottom jump, and, as it turns out, flew a lot further than I did in the downhill. I landed nearly at the next gate, and couldn't pull the late line off on the steep bottom pitch. Once I knew I was going to miss a gate, I decided to ski switch for style points...
Hah. If only.
2/18/2014 12:53:50 pm
Hey Girlie - You're one hell of a skier, lady! To be an Olympian is to be an Olympian...and you are all that!! I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to watch you ski (albeit online) in the Sochi Games. I hope to watch you in many, many more races...LIVE!! Be well! Stacie
2/23/2014 02:01:58 pm
I watched you ski and followed along on the NBC Olympics app thingy and I just loved your pictures. Your smile made me very happy for some reason :)
F J Peters
8/3/2014 11:06:50 pm
Hey there! I loved reading your description of Sochi and your experience there. Maybe you will write a book someday. You have soo much talent. best wishes, James
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