It appears as if the text in my previous posts is not showing up on my blog, which is unfortunate because I have been updating on my life experiences, which have been plentiful over the last few days. Alas! I am on it now.
Today in our training run we had a time trial for downhill race spots here in Sochi. It was a bit nerve racking to think that I was racing for a spot in the Olympic downhill...and although I skied a bit passively on the upper section of the course, I let it go and was pretty speedy on the bottom. I was fifth in the training run today, with two girls in front of me who missed gates (one being Jackie, my fellow Oregonian). To earn a spot, we had to be top 7, so it feels good to say....
I'M RACING IN THE OLYMPIC DOWNHILL!!!! YAY!
Last year at World Champs I missed out on the downhill spot, so it feels like I have earned my spot back. I am getting more and more comfortable on my skis, and I feel really good about the course and conditions here in Sochi. The snow is a bit harder, icier than we're used to on the World Cup circuit, which I think plays nicely to my style of skiing. I'm really psyched to race, to get out there and see what I can pull off on race day...
Tomorrow is the men's downhill, and I plan on going up to be a spectator. I'm trying to embrace every part of this experience that I possibly can because, who knows, it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.My family landed I'm Sochi today, so I look forward to having them here for support and love, and to bring a part of home into my Olympic journey. Fun :-)
The opening ceremonies last night were incredible. With all of the production that went into it: acting, choreography, costumes, music, lights, fire, smoke, dancing, fireworks and props--it turned out to be everything they had hoped, perhaps more. I'll post a few pictures below.
Anyhow, tomorrow is a rest day, so I'm going to get to bed soon and get some more sleep. I lost a little last night with the opening ceremonies going so late and our training run starting so early. SO worth it! peace and love.
adventures to and from, here and there, home and away, around the world--through my eyes, lens, and mind