|Olympic sprint qualifier|
Since I last wrote, I've raced U23 Championships in Val di Fiemme Italy, the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, World Cups in Finland and Italy and National Championships in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.
There was a different team setup at each of these events, from a younger crowd full of dance parties and swagger at U23's/World Juniors, to traveling with some of the most experienced in the business at the Olympics to bringing it back Canada with one of the best crews you could ask for.
My best result at U23's was 19th in the skate sprint. Very far from the Afinal performance that I had believed in. I was less than half a second away from advancing to the semi's as 'lucky loser'. It was a blast skiing in a fast heat, with the eventual bronze and silver medalists of the day pushing the pace. I felt like I grew more as a racer in those 3 minutes of racing than I had all season!
|Toblach World Cup|
|Meine Schweizer schwester!|
|Coupla chicas hanging out. Check out that view!!!|
|Chandra is moving on to next level life stuff - but her impact on my career and passion for skiing - well, it's next level too.|
|The Russians worked hard to get the scenes ready for the World to view. It may have been last minute, but they pulled it off!|
|These girls. The Women's team in Sochi was a blast.|
|Facetime with my family in Canada moments after my first Olympic race. Technology!|
|Getting in touch with Mother Neature|
|10km Skate race podium|
|I wonder how many photos we've been in together? Thanks for everything girlfriend.|
|Exploring the coast of Nfld on the last day. Speed touristing.|
|Nothing like some 'bubblay to celebrate.|
|He has a lot of patience to put up with my act.|
|Up-and-comer, Molly Miller, and I at the Fast and Female event in Cornerbrook|
My brother, phil, is also moving on to life beyond the spandex suit. It is funny to think how absorbed we can be in the skiing world. Thinking that racing and results are the centre of the universe. I am so grateful that phil (and my whole family for that matter) has shown and continues to show me to zoom out the lens, take 5 and keep it real. I have so much respect for the phil as an athlete and I guess he's an OK person too. Kidding, obvs. He has shown me to risk big, live large, show love and that Sriracha sauce tastes great on just about everything.
The closing of the 2013/14 season brings a moment for reflection. I can now call myself an Olympian but I feel like my experiences and growth as an athlete and person in the last season is worth much more than that. I am so green in this sport - and the more I learn and know, the more I know I don't know - you know? Bring on the next Olympic quadrennial. It may not be a peach and cake but I'm ready for the adventure.
|Spring time activities! Time for powder turns and surf sessions.|