So, historically our sport has been, and continues to be a bigger deal overseas. Case in point, yesterday I was looking over someone's shoulder on the Finn Air flight and there were huge pictures of the Finnish skiers in the newspaper. I was dying to know what the article said.... we certainly miss out on a lot not being able to speak German, Swedish or Norwegian. But, we are starting to turn a couple heads and have done a handful of Interviews with the International Media. The women's team strong start to the season has gotten a lot of attention and everyone is trying to figure out what our secret is!
Take this cartoon - on the FIS website this morning!
We also had an interview in the Swedish media....
It's hard to see on the Fasterskier site but here in the hilarious "google translated" version with some PRICELESS quotes! Now.... about that "Obese Sponsorship!"
They belong to one of the world's bestnational team.But at home in the U.S., they are totallyunknown.Now working Kikkan Randall, LizStephen and the other American womenvery hard to spreadskiing in North America.At the same suit thatNorrbotten thanks for all the help onroad.- Charlotte Kalla is absolutely wonderful,She is so incredibly helpful,they say to NSD.Sunday 25 november. Women's relayin Gällivare VC premiere is onway to get a resolution.Marit Bjørgen takes little unexpected NorwayCase first. Then CharlotteCall in second spot for Sweden.But behind it is a hardbattle for third place. Jessica Digginsagainst Marthe Kristoffersen, USAagainst Norway 2.Diggins know several times howdryer disappears and the legs folditself. But the 21-year-old from Minnesotarefuses to give up. She knows she canwrite history. And she does.This is the first time a U.S.women's team stands on the podium in the relay racea World Cup.And lyckotårarna runs."Love Kalles caviar"Sunday, December 2. KikkanRandall and Liz Stephen has justcome home to her cottage situateda few hundred meters from the ski stadiumRuka in Kuusamo outside. They are wornafter a tough weekend and planning a quietevening. Maybe a nice dinner and somegood TV series. Modern Family andGrey's Anatomy belong to the favorites.- And so it will be some spicy food.We have a strong season from home,that's probably what they miss mostHere in Europe, says Kikkan Randall.- But there are very good here. Ilove Kalles caviar. I can eatmuch anywhere and I do nothave no bread, says Liz Stephenand laughs.U.S. women have had a dream startthe ski season.Kikkan Randall, which is the seasoned"Big sister" of the team, was thirdten-kilometer charge in Gällivare lastweekend. In Kuusamo, she came second in thefive kilometers freely and fifth overallon the mini tour.Holly Brooks was fifth in GällivareLiz Stephen finished second in rehearsal in Muonio,Jessica Diggins twelfth of five kilometersfreely in Kuusamo ...But what strikes maximum - for themall - is this the third spot on the relayin Gällivare.- It was absolutely fantastic, it beats everythingother things I've done as a skier, saysKikkan Randall inter aliahas a World Championship silver in the sprint from Liberec2009th- But this was better, just gettingdo it together with the othergirls.Living in suitcaseAt home in the U.S. is not cross-countryany major sport. And the U.S.riders far from some celebrities.- Could we win a race on the World Cupwe will be happy if it comesa notice in the newspaper. For a OSguldmaybe we could get a picture as well,says Randall.- But now the races on anykind of website online anyway. Myparents sat in front of the computer at halfthree in the night, says Liz Stephen.American Ornamental live their lives inportmanteau. The majority of the year, they are ontraveling in Europe, Asia and North America.They'll rarely home betweenraces. Nor do they have anyhigh wages or obese sponsorship agreement thatboast.- It's part of the job to be out andpick up different sponsors. But we are luckyNevertheless, the girls in the B team may pay alltheir trips themselves. Imagine having to sitand worrying about whether you can afford tostay in Europe for another week, saysStephen.- And we have great fun togetherthe team. Otherwise, it would probablybeen harder to travel so much. Nowwe have each other and we are like a bigFamily says Randall.The Americangirls are working very hardto launchthe sport at home.They go aroundin schools, lectureand preaches skiing.The hopeis that little girlsacross the U.S.to open their eyesfor skiing.- I got an emailfrom a man to awhile ago who told me he draggedup her four-year daughter in the middle ofnight to watch a ski raceon the internet, when I was happy, saysRandall and laughs.What are the secrets behindthe U.S. ski revolution?There are many factors that playin. One is cooperation with Swedenin general - and Norrbottenin particular.The American girls havebeen to Sweden several times andtrained with Charlotte Kalla andthe other Swedish national team.They have a wax head from Koskullskulleand is tight with Swedencoach Lars Obergfrom Kalix.- To get to train with Swedeshas been fantastic. Charlotteis absolutely wonderful. A little shyat first, but once you learnknow her, she is really funny,says Liz Stephen and continues.- And she is incredibly helpful.There are no secretswhere not, we have learned a lot.No confusionKikkan Randall also saluteherd manager Peter Johansson.- He is amazing, I havealways good skiing when I compete.We have had many great robbers before,but as soon as they have doneprogress with us as they leaveU.S. to any other country. It's great that Peter believes in usand want to be left behind.Randall also had Lars Obergthe wax head of U.S. 2002nd- It's fun to see him out hereamong paths. It appearsthat it goes well for himcaptain of Sweden.Kikkan Randall and Liz Stephendecidesto, via NSDsend a thank youthroughout Norrbotten.- We s s t unitsthe "thank youmuch, "saidKikkan Randalland start writing.One neednot just write
We've touched down in Quebec City after four flights and nearly 24 hours of travel. There's no snow here in QC but I'm excited for this morning's exploratory run! More soon. Thanks for reading!