Monday, February 8, 2010

Do we have to leave Canmore?

It has been an awesome few days of training here - full sunshine, good food, famous World Cup skiers zipping by on the trail.  I'm excited for the next step but to get there, it entails leaving the little slice of heaven that we've created here in Cammore.

(You can't really tell in this picture but I AM off the ground here - this is my lame attempt at a daffy.... thanks to Kikkan who took this shot 4 or 5 times!) 

I'm excited to go to Vancouver - we leave tomorrow at 8am!!!! Here is a snapshot of what I have in store for my future: 

(re-blogged twice from USA biathlete, Lowell Bailey)

I wonder what the girls will be wearing?  I heard via the grapevine that the girls have similar boots. They might go straight from the opening ceremonies to chopping wood - how USEFUL! 

In other news, one of my master skiers, John Wood sent me this Olympic song sent to him by some of his associates that work out of Vancouver. I had to laugh.... check it out: 

Hear the cheers, hear the hype,
Good Vancouverites don’t gripe,
The Olympics are coming to town!
Closed-down streets, protest meets,
Higher costs for drinks and eats,
The Olympics are coming to town!

So it’s Rah! Rah! Rah!
As we cheer for Canada!
Too bad our slopes are wet and brown.
We will truck in snow
Where skiers have to go,
The Olympics are coming to town!

Damn the noise, damn the cost,
Damn the peace that we have lost,
The Olympics are coming to town!
Trains are late, folk irate,
But we still must celebrate,
The Olympics are coming to town!

So it’s Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!
The games are coming here!
There’s so much rain we just might drown.
We will grit our teeth
And our brollies cringe beneath,
The Olympics are coming to town!
The Olympics are coming to town!
(How I wish I could get out of town!)

So, the song is a bit sarcastic but I'm optimistic that it's going to be a great "Games."  The US team looks to be strong, healthy, and fired up to compete and turn in some good results. Here is a quick, informal team shot taken before training the other day: 

Last but certainly NOT least, I would like to say hi and congratulations to the APU devo and junior skiers that raced in Fairbanks this weekend. APU will have a bunch of athletes representing us at both Junior Olympics and Arctic Winter Games.  Congrats you guys!  

(This is a bunch of us at a training camp in Girdwood this past summer)

Also, the Alaskan "Ski for Women" was on Super Bowl Sunday. One of my master's groups dressed up at Mosquitoes and my women's group (I'm both embarrassed and flattered to say) dressed up as the "Hollyettes."


Alright, its time to climb into bed so that I can pack in the morning. Let the craziness begin - can't wait to share the fun with you all! 
Good night! 
Holly :)