Thursday, January 28, 2010

Finally in Canmore!

Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the delay in posting..... The travel here was long but seamless.  No broken skis or lost luggage!  The last 24 hours has been great - first of all, Rob and Buggz (yep, a cat that LOVES the car!) dropped me off at the Anchorage Airport:

(One of those funny hold your arm out as long as you can self shots right before I went through security)

The plane ride was funny because many people on the plane were reading the newspaper and I was on the cover.  People kept recognizing me and congratulating me - I even autographed some newspapers!  (This is a very surreal experience for someone that isn't used to this kind of attention) Thanks to Mike Campbell for writing a really nice story and Erik Hill for the pictures. If you want to read the article, here is a link:

We had a short layover in Seattle and my parents drove to the airport to give me a hug... my mom brought her co-workers Olympic flag to greet me at the airport. My parents are excited and proud as you can imagine.  I appreciate that they have always supported me doing whatever it is that I want to do!

After two flights, luggage, customs, the drive, and getting some food we checked into our temporary condo and went to sleep around 11:30pm - EXHUASTED!

But today, we woke up for our am training session to this.....

Canmore is awesome... the Rockies surround the venue

Flags of all the ski countries

PERFECT grooming

Team APU going to the Olympics! James Southam, Holly Brooks, Kikkan Randall, and Coach Erik Flora (the only non-US Ski Team coach coaching at the Games!) 

This afternoon we got some groceries and are going on a short run here in town.  My legs and arms felt really junky this morning in training but that is to be expected after a super hard training week followed by three days off and long travel.  I'm ecstatic to be here - thanks so much everyone for your emails, facebook messages, and voicemails, and kind words.  

More to come soon! 
Holly :)