Well, I got to race in my first Olympic event yesterday... and it was so exciting!!! I was pumped up and ready to go in the start, so charged with all the energy and excitement. I went out skiing hard and making some fast turns, but unfortunately my binding pre-released on the pitch and I slid on my side instead of finishing on my feet...
But I had an amazing day anyway. It was so inspiring and incredible to watch Jules ski to bronze...what a crazy race! Her ability to perform when it counts is unbelievable. She is such an awesome teammate to have around and I was so psyched to cheer her on in the finish.
I was skiing really fast before my mishap yesterday (green light!), so I'm happy to say I left it all out on the hill. Sometimes those freak things just happen--there's no one to blame and nothing to do about it now, so I'm just glad that I gave it all I had and can take my speed into the downhill race tomorrow. I have some pent-up energy from yesterday that I didn't get to use, so I'm harnessing that for tomorrow's race. I'm starting #7, and the race is at 11am (11pm PST).You can stream the race live on NBColympics.com so tune in and cheer me on!!!
It's been so wonderful to have my family here with me. They bring a little piece of home and a whole lot of love to me here in Russia. It has also been absolutely AMAZING to see and feel all the love and support from friends, fans, and family back home (and all around the world!). I have received countless emails, messages, posts and wishes from all of you and it means so much to know I have so many supporters and so much love on my side. So THANK YOU :-)
No matter what happens over these next couple of days, I have had the time of my life thus far. The energy here is so magical and indescribable, I fear I won't feel it for another 4 years, or perhaps ever again. So I'm embracing and enjoying every moment of this journey and feel so so blessed and lucky to be here. Win or lose, I have made here and know that it doesn't get any better.
peace and love to all
2/11/2014 01:40:47 am
An unlucky step in a great journey. Keep riding girl.
2/12/2014 01:47:43 pm
2/11/2014 05:32:55 am
Mary Louise Johnston Hilts
2/11/2014 12:11:37 pm
We love you Laurenne and we are thrilled to watch you as you fly down the mountain. We send you wings to fly swiftly and gracefully as you embrace the Olympic experience. Thank you for representing the best in skiing!
2/11/2014 12:42:33 pm
You are so gracious and speak such kind words. Your parents shine so brightly through you. You make Southern Oregon proud. Love watching you ski and love reading your blog. You are an amazing young woman! Continue to embrace it all!
2/11/2014 02:42:41 pm
Love it. Your run looked great prior to the ping, keep it up. Leave it all on the course and rep for the NW!!!
ICU crew at Sky Lakes Medical Center
2/12/2014 12:04:58 am
Alot of us have been watching and following you on your journey in the Olympic's. Its nice to know that we have a "home grown" athlete to watch. We are proud of you and hope you do well in the rest of your events.
2/12/2014 02:10:03 pm
Hey Laurenne! Just saw you on NBC racing the downhill. You looked awesome. Saw your family in the stands waving a flag with your name on it! Almost felt like I was there! can't wait for your next race.
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