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The Spring Reset and Reflection

*Ben Saxton checking in.

The spring is a great time to reset. The ski season is over, and the snow melts away along with many of the worries of competition and travel; it’s a moment in which you can take a deep breath. Even nature seems to agree that there is a period during every year where things get to start again.

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Reset mode.

This past year I finished with some of the best results of my entire career, and I cracked my way into the World Cup for the first time ever. It was also a catastrophe of inconsistency. For each of my highs, I seemed to find an equal and oppositional low. I didn’t end the season in the manner I had hoped to, and left Spring Series with more questions than I had answers. This year, I’m thankful for the spring.

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On an afternoon run with Kyle this winter. 

I’ve had plenty of time to think about the last 12 months. Don’t get me wrong, the days were sunny more often than not. But the truth is, I didn’t reach my goals. A charitable reading of my year was than I frequently lapsed into autopilot. A less charitable one says I was racing scared, and it cost me. Regardless, I can’t fool myself into thinking I’ve achieved some personal degree of success, because a life spent skiing is a life spent facing what’s in front of you. And the truth is, I didn’t measure up. I have a lot of work left to do to reach my goals. A LOT of work.

Some of the best advice I’ve received about that work was from my friend Lenny Valjas. Sitting together for a moment, sharing drinks on our last night in Quebec, I asked him if he had any advice now that his career was over. We have talked about a lot of things over the years, but what he said about there about “the struggle” was the most important:

“You gotta love it. There isn’t much else.”

Contrary to the self-importance our tiny world can tend to perpetuate (I’m looking in my mirror right now) success in athletics really doesn’t mean that much. I’m sorry, but it’s true. Whatever medals we may win, come with the caveat that only a small group of people will ever understand the pain, joy, and hard work that went into them. But that’s not a fact worth bemoaning. Because the truth is, success comes with no magic power or influence. It’s simply a recognition of what you’ve accomplished so far. And while it’s true that many athletes have gone on to do great things in life, it’s also true that many others have not.

What makes skiing a worthwhile endeavor is the work itself. It is a rare thing to live in such a self-determined world. You get out what you put in. That’s what makes this sport the perfect prism for understanding yourself; you’ve got all the answers. If I’m not happy with my season, there’s something I can do about it. I just have to actually, you know, do it. It’s a simple realization, but complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before you leave it behind.

This spring had a lot of shattering moments for me. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that conversation with Lenny, and about my goals. This last season left a lot to be desired, and this spring is chance to start over again. I’m excited to get to work.

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Excited to get back to work with this team! 

 

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Spring Things!

*Sophie checking in!

After a red eye last night, I am finally back in Vermont after a spring adventuring around the west. It’s funny when you ask a skier what they do in the spring, because I think there is a huge range in activity and to be honest, as long as you’re not doing nothing or everything, I think anywhere in between does the job as long as it’s mentally what you need. I’ve spent a lot of my springs in CO with Simi and while we stay pretty active, we’re doing a lot of activities we don’t do very much of during the training period and ski season. For me, it’s mentally a lot easier in the spring to go out for a four hour back country ski on day and do nothing the next day than it is to go for two one hour runs. So I guess my point is that it’s important to listen to your body, but it’s maybe even more important to listen to your head. My goal of April is to not think about any of the activities I’m doing as training, but rather as adventures that are giving me a mental break from the routine of the training season and winter.

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Skiing with Sim in CO

I began my April with a little trip to the desert with my family. It was my parents’ first time to Moab, so my brother and I had a great time trying to jam as much site-seeing as possible into the few days we were there. That’s not too hard when the landscape is so different from the east coast – everything is quite the site!

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My brother and me in the desert

After Moab, my family dropped me in CO and I spent a couple weeks with Simi, his family, and a bunch of our friends doing a mix of relaxing and back country skiing our faces off. His family has a cabin that is in a pretty remote place with no cell phone service or internet and it’s so nice to disconnect for awhile and take advantage of the beautiful skiing right out the door. It’s something I look forward to every spring and feel like it is exactly what I need after a long winter on the road.

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Cabin time!

After a fun filled spring, I’m really happy to be home and have a few weeks of training and getting my feet under me before our first camp in May. I’m looking forward to hopefully reuniting with many of my teammates in Bend and everyone else in early June. I hope everyone is having a great spring and thank you for following!!

 

Spring Break!

*Alayna checking in

All my life I’ve finished the ski season and gone right into the next thing… That meant catching up on all the schoolwork that had been slowly piling up over three-four months, I ran Track & Field through high school and two years in college, and it was always nice to finally have the opportunity to spend time with some non-ski friends that I had been neglecting all Winter. Aside from the last one, I don’t have to do any of those anymore!

With no schoolwork needing my attention and no running races coming up, I found myself traveling to Colorado to meet my dad and extended family for a little mountain getaway. Instead of skiing up hills, we skied down hills and I had the opportunity to spend time with aunts, uncles and cousins without worrying about when my next workout was.

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Skiing at Vail with my family.
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So great to sit back and relax with everyone.

Although April is considered our month “off” from skiing I think it is one of the most important months of the year. Without giving your body and mind a break for a few weeks there is no way it can be capable of enduring all of the work and the daily grind that we put ourselves through 11 other months out of the year. It’s a great time to reflect on what went well this past season and how things can go better in the future. It’s also a great time to not think or talk about skiing at all if you don’t want to! Hope everyone is enjoying some Spring adventures wherever you might be! 🙂

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Backcountry skiing with friends in Leadville, CO.

 

Time to Catch My Breath

*Simi checking in.

Like anything else in life that’s exhausting, it’s high time for a nice long break. The race season is always long, full of ups and downs, and after being on the road living out of a duffel bag (or two) for five months straight, it’s always important for me to plant my feet in one place for a bit, enjoy some homemade meals, not have to think about what my training session is the next day, and of course find plenty of time for adventures in the high mountains. But before I start talking too much about how giddy I am for an offseason at home where we still have an ungodly amount of snow, a brief recap on that last part of the season.

It was truly awesome spending the last week of our race year with our whole club team (minus Jessie and Paddy and KO… we really missed you guys) in Presque Isle, ME for Super Tour Finals. Luckily, northern Maine had a great snow year so the thaw that we saw in late March didn’t have a huge impact on how great the skiing was at the Nordic Heritage Sport Center. Having never raced there before but knowing how cool the trails were from watching biathlon World Cup races on TV, it was great to finally check out the trails for myself. They are super winding with great transition skiing and lots of really fun terrain. I was psyched with how the races went for me, and our team as a whole had some pretty outstanding results throughout the week of racing. Because the World Cup season is so long and takes so much energy (especially during a World Champs year), sometimes that last week of domestic racing, no matter where it is or how good the skiing is, can be hard thing to rally for mentally. But I was feeling very fit heading into the week, and I knew the races would be a great opportunity to put together some really solid efforts that I would be proud of and would keep me motivated to work my butt off once the training season starts back up in May. The highlight of the week was definitely racing the club relay. Although we couldn’t put together the perfect day and take down the blue army (aka Alaska Pacific University) for the 3rd year in a row, our two SMS T2 teams still skied outstanding. We never get hung up on our result during that once-a-year race anyway (don’t worry, we were still 2nd and 7th). For us, the event is about coming together as a team and putting yourself through a ridiculous amount of pain for your teammates (also painting rocket ships on your faces). It’s definitely one of the best races of the year for all of us.

After making the loooooong drive back to Vermont from the northern-most tip of the contiguous US, I had about 36 hours to unpack, repack, think about everything I would need for a huge array of different activities from April 1st– May 1st, try to remember exactly what I had in Colorado that I didn’t need to bring from Vermont, and then get on a plane to fly west. I’m back home in Aspen for a few days now, and it’s wonderful being here. So far I’ve been out for a run, ridden bone-dry desert single track, gone crust skiing, and spent one long day in the backcountry with my stepdad, Al. The ski touring is going to be all-time this spring with so much snow, and we’re supposed to get another foot of the stuff tomorrow! Sophie spent a few days in Utah with her family before arriving in Aspen just this afternoon. We’re both really looking forward to spending about 10 days of the next 2 weeks at our backcountry cabin outside of Carbondale where we don’t have cell service, don’t have internet, have lots of books and games, and where you can ski 10,000 ft of corn or powder every single day if that’s what you want to do. Life is good and thanks for checking in!

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Al finding that ripe corn. 
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Al pondering life at 13,214 feet. 
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Skinning into Sievers Basin.
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The view from Mt. Sopris/Carbondale during my evening ride last night. 

World Cup Finals On “Home” Turf

*Julia checking in!

For the first time since November, our WHOLE team was back together in full force for World Cup Finals in Quebec! It was so cool to have 9 of our team member get a start spot in a World Cup on “home” turf, with the others there to cheer us on. For Alayna and Ben O. it was their first World Cup which added to the excitement. To top it off, it was by far the best crowd I have experienced in numbers and familiarity; the whole course was lined with 3-4 people deep along the whole 3.3km course, with almost purely Canadian fans and fans from home cheering our names and waving American flags.

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Wow!
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Spectators lining the course for the last race!

The mini tour kicked off with tricky conditions for the sprint, but Jessie, Sophie and Simi battled it out in the heats and Jessie even made it into the semi final after a tangle up in her quarter! The second day followed with a 10km classic mass start for the women and 15km for the men, presenting another tricky day of skiing, this time instead of being soft and variable, it was rock hard ice. It was a tough day for our whole team, but having family, friends, and supporters out there cheering us on and being in such a cool environment, all we could do was smile and look forward to the last World Cup of the season. In the skate pursuit, Simi ended up posting the 3rd fastest time of day and Jessie had the 4th fastest time of day! I fought hard to hang onto the front of the wave and just snuck into the top 30 for time of day. I think I can speak for everyone and say that it was impossible to not have an absolute blast racing out there. I saw so many SMS T2 hats poking out on the spectators heads and it made me feel extremely grateful to be supported by so many incredible people that help make our SMS community feel like home. Thank you to everyone who came up to Quebec to cheer us on and to those who have supported us throughout the season!

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Talk about super fans!
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My family cheering super loud for me ❤ (PC: Liz Arky)
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Enjoying time with my family as we cheered the boys on.
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Jessie charging along in the skate sprint (PC: Reese Brown)
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Simi moving through people to ski to the 3rd fastest time of day (PC: Reese Brown)
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Alayna charging in her first World Cup (PC: Reese Brown)!
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Post race smiles 🙂 (PC: Reese Brown)

We are now all in Presque Isle, Maine racing at Super Tour Finals to wrap up the season. Our team started off strong with Simi winning the sprint, I placed 3rd, and Sophie got 5th fast a crash. We are getting psyched for the club relay tomorrow, the best day of all!! Tune in on the U.S. Ski Team Facebook live stream to watch at 10am EST tomorrow!

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Skiing with Kelsey in a quarterfinal together (PC: Reese Brown)
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Simi skiing to the win (PC: Reese Brown)
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Post race smiles with Sophie (PC: Reese Brown)

 

 

Europe

*Kyle checking in.

When I began this year, I had one goal in mind. I wanted to make Seefeld and prove to myself that I belong on the World Cup. I accomplished the first part, but the second part is still up for debate. I turned down the Tour de Ski, Oteppa and Ulriceham to focus on finishing the year strong in Europe without being here too long. I arrived in Davos for a precamp fired up and ready to take on the World. I had a great time trial with the Canadians and Dario that only increased my confidence. Unfortunately, I got sick sometime at the end of that camp/during the travel to Cogne and I thought I wouldn’t be able to race. However, I woke up the day before the race feeling decent and on race morning I felt like I could give it a go. I scored my first World Cup points, finishing 26th, only a few seconds out of 22nd and only 30 seconds from the top 15. In my mind, everything was on track.

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Scenic racing in Cogne.

Seefeld was a bit of a mixed bag. The conditions were extremely warm and soft and challenging. I had a solid classic leg in the skiathlon before switching on to some painfully slow skate skis. In the 15k, I fought hard and finished a disappointing 31st. I skied the anchor leg of the relay completely alone but felt decent.

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Fighting in the 15km classic at World Champs. 

And I sat out the 50k in order to be fresher for Oslo. Unfortunately, Oslo didn’t go that well, I was in the pack until 37k and then I exploded pretty hard and limped home. It was an extremely fun atmosphere and I’m glad I experienced it, but I wish it had gone much better. That brings me to right now, the 15k skate in Falun, which just ended and I did not start it. I woke up yesterday not feeling great and while I hoped for some Cogne magic, today I felt the same. I cannot express how frustrating it is for me to be over here in a hotel room not able to compete, especially when the American men, shout out to David, are skiing so well. I know I can be apart of that and I want to contribute to the results. I have struggled with poorly timed illness throughout my ski career so this is nothing new to me, but it doesn’t make it any easier. It leaves me questioning how much longer I will last in this sport. That being said, the future is bright for both the women AND the men of the US which makes me happy and I hope I can contribute to that before my time is up. We are flying back to the US tomorrow and while I will only be in Stratton for 48 hours, I will cherish the time out of a hotel and with access to a laundry machine. I’m really excited to try and put together my best races for Canada and Spring series and end this season on a high. My apologies for the dark natural of this at times but I don’t believe in sugar coating things. Shout out to my fast teammates for crushing races and keeping the morale high. See you soon America!

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Top of Holmenkollen looking down at Oslo. 

All Around the World

*Alayna checking in!

The last month has been quite a wild ride! After finishing up the Supertour races in my hometown of Minneapolis, I was excited to get into some “unusual” racing. First, I made a trip up to Northern Wisconsin to attend the ever so famous, American Birkebeiner. Having grown up in the Twin Cities my parents brought my siblings and I up for Birkie weekend every year. While they prepared for a marathon race, us kids participated in the Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie, Prince Hakkon, and Korteloppet races throughout our childhood. In high school, I was never old enough to race in the 50k Birkie although, I spent many years dreaming of it. I witnessed elite skiers finishing down Main Street and thought of them as a sort of superhero. Never did I imagine I could be one of those racers, let alone the winner.

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My family and I getting ready for the Barnebirkie in 2001
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Racing in my first 50k!
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Such a dream come true!

It was a very emotional day for me. As I got closer and closer to Main Street, I knew wining the Birkie was in reach, but I was not about to accept that until I crossed the finish line. I worked as hard as I could racing alone the last 5k of the race and feared that if I let up at all that I would crumple to the ground in a pile of fatigue. Once I finally finished, that’s exactly what happened…

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Couldn’t help the happy tears at the finish line.
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Big hug from my sister as soon as she crossed the finish line (in 7th place!!!)

Although I was bummed to be the only SMS skier racing at the Birkie, it was nice to come together as a family again. After a few more days at home it was time to pack my bags and travel to the other side of the world to meet up with Kelsey, Ben, and Pat for some city sprints in Beijing (see Kelsey’s latest post). This was a wild trip and went by in such a blur! It was a great way to practice some international sprinting (something I am not used to) and it was fun to be with more of our SMS crew again in a very different place.

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SMS T2 team checking out the Great Wall of China between sprint days. 

I quickly turned around again to fly to Toblach, Italy where I met up with some of the USST Junior skiers for a few OPA Cups. We were training for a week in Toblach before heading to Oberweisenthal, Germany the following week for a few races. Unfortunately, all of the travel and racing hit my body pretty hard and I found myself sleeping most of the time in Italy.

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Not a bad view.

I made it out for a few gorgeous skis in the mountains and texted Kelsey that we should move to Italy someday. Or maybe we can convince Coach Pat to have a training camp here? It was an unbelievable place to zap an illness out of the body.

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Katie Feldman, Hailey Swirl and I out on an afternoon jog in Toblach.
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Girls crew (L to R): Sydney Palmer-Leger, Alayna, Waverly Gebhart, Katie Feldman, Hailey Swibul out for a classic ski on our last day in Toblach.

Just as I was really starting to feel better it was time to hit the road again as we made our way into Germany. So far, the skiing here has been beautiful with a bit of fresh snow and some fun skiing in the woods. It actually looks a lot like Vermont! The US OPA Team is excited to get a weekend of racing going with a Freestyle Sprint on Friday, 10k Classic Mass Start on Saturday, and 10/15k Freestyle Pursuit on Sunday. Stay tuned!

 

 

 

City Sprinting Through Beijing

*Kelsey reflects on a week of racing in China with Alayna, Ben and Coach Pat!

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Alayna and me on the Great Wall of China!

While some of our team was finishing up races at World Championships and others were back East getting ready for NCAA’s, Alayna, Ben, Pat and I took advantage of a pretty crazy opportunity to go race in China for a week.

Swix China hosted three skate city sprints in Beijing, China (the host of the next Winter Olympics). Sprint teams from all over the World, including a number of successful World Cup level sprinters, were flown to China to get in some good competition and fight for some serious prize money.

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First sprint venue in front of the Bird’s Nest

The plan was to fly Wednesday, arrive Thursday. Race Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Check out the Great Wall of China on Sunday and have a free day in Beijing on Tuesday before flying back on Wednesday morning. A pretty crazy whirlwind of a week. The first sprint was in front of the iconic Bird’s Nest stadium from the 2008 Olympics. The second sprint was out at a closed down steel mill site that is supposed to be remodeled into the athlete’s village at the 2022 Olympics. And the last venue was in the town at the base of the mountain range where the skiing venues will be during the Olympics.

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The 2nd sprint venue in Shougan

In many ways, the week went better and much more smoothly than we imagined it would. The snow was quite clean, transportation was on time, the races ran well, and they had World Cup quality tv coverage of the events. One of the aspects of the races that I wasn’t expecting was how flat the courses were. You may think that a flat course sounds easy. This is not the case! A flat 3 to 4 minute course is much more continuous work than any of us are used to. No hard uphills mean no downhills to recover on which made for some tricky pacing and feisty tactics in the heats.

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The one uphill on the course

I unfortunately got a nasty bout of food poisoning the first night so I missed the first sprint and didn’t quite feel like I could race well in the next two sprints. I was happy to qualify in the two sprints I did, but was disappointed to not advance out of the quarterfinals. Ben and Alayna both qualified in every race and held their own in tricky quarterfinals. Pat worked tirelessly to give us great skis without being able to test much. If anything, we all learned a lot more about city sprints and how to deal with limited course preview, running warm ups, and small test windows.

The other strange part of racing in China was dealing with poor air quality. I had been to Beijing in 2008 to see my brother race in his first Olympics, but hadn’t quite understood how much they did to improve the air quality for that month. They closed down factories, limited cars, and seeded the clouds to make it rain to clean out the air. So I hadn’t thought much about the poor air quality in Beijing.

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Corey and me after the second sprint day

We wore face masks during our running warm up, but it’s pretty hard to race in a mask and I don’t think anyone was able to race in their masks. With air quality tracking applications informing us that the AQI on race days ranged between 125-250 (Unhealthy for sensitive groups to “stay inside” very unhealthy), we knew it wasn’t going to be great to breathe hard. You could feel your throat and lungs burning in a unique way while racing, and everyone was coughing aggressively after the races. It made me sad to realize that millions of people breathe unhealthy air almost everyday. It also made me realize how important it is to fight to keep our air quality at a healthy level. We are incredibly lucky that we live in places where it feels good and healthy to be outside. I know China is working hard to decrease air pollution to improve quality of life for its citizens, and I really hope it works because we only had one day out of seven where the air quality was in the healthy range (AQI under 50). And it’s amazing how much more beautiful it was there when you could see the blue sky and spend time outside without worry.

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Great Wall of China and you can see the smog in the air

I think we all thought this week was a cool and difficult experience. It was incredible to walk on the Great Wall – to feel the history of 1000 years of continuous work to create something so historically significant and iconic. I also think we were all ready to leave by the end of the week and get back to winter conditions.

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Bus 3 with the best Tour guide – Sunny!

World Championships: Week 2

*Sophie checking in!

Wow! Just like that World Champs has come to an end. It’s always fun because championships end with the 30km and 50km and we cheered our faces off for Simi and Jessie while they raced to two really strong results and a pretty cool way to finish the championships.

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Jessie racing to a 4th place in the 30km! (PC: Reese Brown)

The last two weeks have been filled with excitement and many ups and downs. We all come into championships hoping to have our very best races and it’s tough when that doesn’t happen, but it’s important to keep things in perspective and remember that every single person is in the same boat and each day only three people get to stand on the podium and there are a lot of individual successes our team has had even if they didn’t result in a podium. I was personally really excited for the sprint because I love the course here, have had success here before, and have been having a good season, but my day ended after the quarter finals. I was initially disappointed and allowed myself to be, but then it was time to look forward to the rest of the races at World Champs and the rest of the season after World Champs. Jessie and Simi both had top 10s in the sprint and Sim had his best ever World Champs finish. Julia qualified for her first World Champs team, had a top 20 in the skiathlon, qualified for the heats once again in the sprint, and raced her first World Cup level relay! Kyle scored his first World Cup points the weekend before World Champs and put together some solid distance races while here, and even though I was disappointed with my sprint, I got to race the 10km classic and scored my first distance points of the season! And Jessie raced almost every race here with some really strong results, highlighted by an incredible 4th place in the 30km skate.

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Race prep before sprint day! (PC: Reese Brown)

So what’s next? Tomorrow we are heading to Oslo, Norway for the Holmenkollen race over the weekend and the Drammen sprint the following Tuesday. After that we head to Falun, Sweden for a skate sprint and a skate distance race and then we head back to North America where we finish the season in Quebec City with a minitour. We hope to see many of you in Quebec and cannot wait to race in front of our “home crowd”. Thanks for following!

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Sprinting in Seefeld (PC: Reese Brown)

World Championships: Week 1

This is Julia checking in from my first ever World Championships in Seefeld, Austria! We are half way through the championships and so far it has been filled with hard racing, lots of sunshine, and an incredible atmosphere. Just making the team for the first time was exciting for me, and now to have raced both in the sprint and 15km Skiathalon in front of thousands of fans and lay down some of my best races this season has been thrilling and shocking.

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The most fans I have ever skied in front of in 15km Skiathalon! (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)
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Not a bad place to call home  for these 2 weeks 🙂

I definitely have been nervous for the races here, but I have also been beyond stoked to just experience this for the first time and have the opportunity to learn something new every day and soak it all up…and of course I have been asking A LOT of questions as the newbie 🙂 I expected this stage to feel overwhelming for my first time, but what I have realized is that thanks to having my SMS T2 teammates and Pat around, things have actually felt quite normal and familiar. Thankfully they don’t get annoyed by my never ending stream of questions and have made sure to take me under their wing. Being here and seeing our team be contenders in every race on the trail and supportive teammates and friends off the trail, has made me feel really lucky and proud to be a part of this family.

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Doing sprint prep with Jessie, Sophie, Sadie and Ida the day before the sprint. (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)
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Pat helping test skis. (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)
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Jessie and I going for a nice ski on the first day here. 
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Sunbathing and smiling to keep things light. 

The first race day kicked off with skate sprint, where had Simi, Sophie, Jessie and I raced. The qualifier was fast and firm, but the warm sun made the snow a little slower for the heats. Sophie skied the heat tactically well but just missed moving on from the quarters, I skied with Jessie in a quarterfinal where Jessie won to move on to the semis, but I got a little tangled and finished 5th. Simi skied a very fast quarterfinal moving on as lucky loser in his heat to the semis. Jessie ended up in 8th, Simi 9th, Sophie in 14, and I ended up in 23rd. On paper these sound like good results, but our team was hoping for more, which in a way shows how competitive and strong our team is!

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Jessie charging to the finish to move on to the semifinals. (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)
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Simi mixing it up in the heats. (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)
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Sophie very narrowly missing moving onto the semis. (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)

Two days later the championship kept rolling on with the Skiathalon. I was really excited for the Skiathalon because I had only raced one so far and my distance skiing has felt strong in both classic and skate. I decided to go in without expectations and see how long I could hold on, and it was my best distance race this season, placing 19th! Kyle also skied a strong classic leg, but struggled a bit with his skis in the changing conditions on the skate portion, finishing 49th.

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Kyle charing in the classic leg. (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)
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The best fans I could ask for! My grandparents came to watch from Germany! (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)

Back in the U.S. Alayna got us fired by winning the Birkie in her first ever Birkie! It was so cool to watch and got us all psyched for the races to come here!

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The Birkie has A LOT of fans as well!
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Alayna on top of the podium!

In Seefeld, the competitions continued with the team sprint, where Jessie teamed up with Sadie, and Simi teamed up with Erik. Both teams made it on to the final, with the ladies finishing 5th and the men finishing 8th. The sunny and warm days continued on the women 10km classic race yesterday, racing in the heat of the day at 3pm. Jessie and Sophie battled the heat and tough conditions, finishing 25th and 29th, followed by dumping snow and water on their heads to cool off!

Seefeld 2019 Team Sprint Semis 2.24.19-17
Jessie double poling like a champ on the fast and furious team sprint course (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)
Seefeld 2019 Women's 10k 2.26.19-4
Sophie pushing over the hill in the 10km classic. (PC: Reese Brown/SIA Nordic)
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Painting or reality?! 

This spring weather has bee quite enjoyable for easy training and soaking up vitamin D, but it had made the skiing conditions tricky. The men race 15km classic today in the heat of the day in 54F degrees. There is still lots of racing to be had and we are excited for more to come! You can follow along by watching on NBC/Olympic channel or results at FIS.com! Thanks for all the cheering and support!

Day 8: Wednesday, Feb. 27

  • Men’s 15 k individual start classic

Day 9: Thursday, Feb. 28

  • Women’s 4 x 5 k relay

Day 10: Friday, Mar. 1

  • Men’s 4 x 10k relay

Day 11: Saturday, Mar. 2

  • Women’s 30 k skate mass start

Day 12: Sunday, Mar. 3

  • Men’s 50 k skate mass start