Sat, Feb 08, 2014
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.
Karl and Anne
2/9/2014 01:35:49 am
Yahooo! We are so excited to know that you are skiing in the Olympics! What a wonderful achievement. You make Klamath Falls proud. Good luck in the downhill and ski fasst!
2/9/2014 04:15:00 am
We are all cheering for you here in Bend!! What an accomplishment! My 12 yr. old daughter is a MWC racer at Bachelor, you are an inspiration to these young girls. Funny, I was going through our ski stuff in the garage today and found a pair of racing gloves that Nils Erikson gave us and they have your signature on them, pretty cool! Wishing you the best of luck in Sochi. SKI HARD!
Vince and Janice
2/10/2014 10:27:15 am
More of your Klamath Falls, fans wishing you the most wonderful and successful experience. As far as we are concerned you have already made it. Thrilled that your family is with you to share in and support you all the way (they wouldn't have it any other way)! Like your dad said in an interview.........."let her rip"!!!!!!!! You go girl!
love, love , love the candid updates! Good luck , Laurenne!
2/10/2014 01:38:48 pm
2/11/2014 03:01:00 am
Rooting for you from Astoria, big fan of yours ( and your dad!) as well as your blog!
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