This is not the update I wanted to be sending, but unfortunately yesterday my “road to Sochi” was cut short. I was training in preparation for the Nor-Ams this week and the upcoming World Cup races when I sustained a full ACL tear and a medial meniscus tear.
I am heartbroken and disappointed that I could not see the “Olympic Adventure” to the end. I have a long road to recovery ahead, but I know what to expect and I am just moving forward towards becoming strong again.
The support I have received from donors, sponsors, friends, and family has meant so much to me and has helped me get this far. Up until yesterday I fully believed that this season would be amazing, and a lot of it has to do with the confidence I gained from everyone’s support. I can’t thank everyone enough.
I look forward to standing in the start gate once again next season with the Westminster Ski Team, to continuing my studies in business, and to hosting awesome camps for ski racers next summer!
I will be cheering on all the Canadian ladies this season, and I’m sure they will continue to dominate! I am just sad that I will not be there with them. I really believed in myself and my program and wish I could have showed that it was possible and shared the journey with my friends and supporters.
Here we go again.
I’ve had a relaxing week since Levi and I am more than ready to get back into race mode!! It’s been fun watching all the Beaver Creek and Lake Louise World Cups this weekend and I am getting fired up for some racing of my own!! School is crazy, but will be over soon – and training has been positive! Also, I have to thank Helly Hansen for taking me on as an ambassador this season! I love their clothing and can’t wait to rock it all season long! You can check out their facebook page and my pics here: https://www.facebook.com/
Before I write about the race, I just have to say congratulations to Mitch and Elli! They both really skied like in training and dominated the hill, it was really exciting to watch. But watching is not what I want to be doing!! Unfortunately, my pole snapped in half at the top of the race. The really unfortunate thing is, is that it’s happened before – last time I raced Levi!!! Weird and unlucky coincidences aside, I still left Levi with many positives. My (still going) 48 hour travel day is starting to just be annoying, but the training and racing this weekend were very valuable to me.
Skiing: I am feeling amazing. The snow in Levi is seriously what I live to race for. Every training run was super fun and I felt strong and fast. Obviously it doesn’t show in my result, but my half-pole skiing skills are far from stellar.
Skis: I love my setup. I am getting better with the tuning machine and Martin seemed impressed with my edges! Martin and Marco, the Canadian Ski Team technicians, have been super helpful and supportive towards me and my tuning escapades.
The Race: It was probably obvious to spectators that this was not the average race. Girls were not just qualifying from the back of the pack, but throwing down top ten runs. It was an easy course with amazing snow and some random winds.
Anyway, I didn’t actually set out to write that much, but despite the time and money it took to go all the way to Finland for a race in which my pole broke, I still think it was totally worth it and I gained a lot from going. Lesson learned: update your poles – often. Especially when skiing above the arctic circle.
I feel back at home with the team and fast and confident on my skis! I’ll be taking a break to catch up on school and get somewhat organized before the winter, but the next races will be the first week of December in Loveland for the Nor-Ams! I am already excited!!!
We are above the Arctic Circle, skiing in Levi, Finland! The first race of the slalom World Cup season is tomorrow and it should be a good race, I’m excited! The snow is really well injected and will hopefully stay good until at least 40!! (My number…) Erin starts 11, Mitch is 16, Britt is 25, and Elli is 32! GO CANADA!
THANK YOU to everyone who donated to “The Olympic Adventure” and to my RAD…. patch sponsors! I wouldn’t be here without all of the support and it makes this journey possible.
Here are some pics from the last week here!