Aspen Fundraiser and Send-off Party

I’m very excited to announce that we will again be holding the annual Aspen Nordic Send-off Party to benefit Rocky Mountain Nordic Angel (RMNA) on Sunday, October 18th from 4 to 6 pm at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen. Last season I had a disappointing crash, broke my fibula in the first World Cup of the season and missed most of the winter. Therefore, I am once again on the U.S. Ski Team‘s B Team. Consequently, the U.S. Ski Team will not cover any of my travel expenses for the coming winter, and I will need to rely on RMNA to cover my expenses to allow me to race on the World Cup. The annual Aspen fundraiser is one of the biggest fundraisers each year for RMNA, and they would not be able to support me and my Colorado teammates without the generosity of the community of Aspen.

I am especially excited that up-and-coming superstar Hailey Swirbul will be joining the event this year as one of the featured athletes. Hailey has demonstrated impressive talent and drive, and I expect her to be joining me on the U.S. Ski Team very soon.

The event at the Limelight will feature free pizza and beer from local supporters, and we will have a huge silent auction. I just packed four large boxes of U.S. Ski Team gear for the auction.

The party is always one of my favorite nights of the year. I love reconnecting with all of my friends in Aspen, and I am always overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the community. Thank you to everyone for so much support. I can’t wait to see you all again on the 18th!

2015 Nordic fundraiser ad for Times.

Bird Camp

Since I haven’t put my own blog up in several weeks, I thought I’d share a blog that my coach Zach Caldwell wrote about the camp I’m doing this week here in New Hampshire at Kris Freeman’s house. It’s been a great and very challenging week of training. In his post, Zach explains the goals of the week very well, and he put together a very informative video from yesterday’s brutal session. You can find it all here.

Technique Blog from Zach

My coach Zach Caldwell of Caldwell Sport put together a blog post and video to outline the technique project that we have been working on over the last two years with a focus on the recent block of training up on the Stelvio Glacier. The blog and video are as much something for me to refer back to in order to remind myself of the cues that are working for me as much as it is meant for us to share our project. It’s a great overview of the things we’ve been working on in skate technique. You can find the post here:

Bormio and Stelvio

I have updated the “Events” page of this website with my race schedule for the 2015-16 season. I am very excited about this year’s schedule because there are a lot of races (35) and most of them play to my strengths and are great opportunities for me. With no World Championships or Olympics, this year provides an opportunity to focus on consistency throughout the season. Any one of the 29 World Cup races are equally important and exciting.

After the conclusion of the U.S. Ski Team camp and Toppidrettsveka roller ski races in Norway last week, I flew down to central Europe to meet up with my coach Zach Caldwell and his wife Amy. The inter-Europe tickets were surprisingly expensive, so I ended up flying to Munich, Germany because it was the cheapest option. I then took the train down to Bolzano, Italy where Zach and Amy picked me up.

I am enamored with the European train system (and public transit system in general). It took over five hours to get to Bolzano, but I only had to switch trains once, at München Ost. Taking trains is definitely less fun with a ski bag than it would be if I were travelling light.

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Norway Pictures

I wrote a blog for the National Nordic Foundation (NNF) about the U.S. Ski Team camp and Toppidrettsveka Roller Ski Races in Norway. The NNF is having trouble with their servers so the blog hasn’t been posted yet, but I’ll share a link to it here when they do. I’m not going to re-post the pictures or text from that post, but here are some other pictures from the races and the time in Norway that didn’t make it into the NNF piece. (These pictures are in a random order. My apologies.)

Jessie Diggins (left) and Sophie Caldwell at the BMW Dealership in Trondheim. The dealership generously gave us cars for the two week camp.

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Aure, Norway Fishing Trip

The organizers for next weekend’s Toppidrettsveka race series have organized and paid for all of our lodging, food and transportation while we’re here in Norway. The financial help makes this trip possible for us.

Today, our planned recovery day, they organized a fishing adventure for us on a boat in the fjords. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We cannot say Thank You enough to the organizing committee and to this community for making this experience so special for us.

Here are pictures from today’s adventure:

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Park City and Putney

Since travelling back to the U.S. from New Zealand, I’ve had four days at home in Park City and four days in Putney, Vermont working on technique with my coach Zach Caldwell. My sister came to visit me in both places. My mom also joined us in Vermont. It has been a whirlwind but extremely fun eight days. In Park City I rode mountain mikes with my sister (first picture), Greg Adams (second picture) and Emilia.

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Leaving the Snow Farm

I had a great final week at the Snow Farm in Wanaka, New Zealand. I had one perfectly sunny day, some partly cloudy and windy days, and a little bit of fresh snow. The skiing was excellent every single day. I was primarily on hard wax for classic skiing, though I skied on klister covered a couple of times in the afternoon as the temperature warmed up. Especially when there is fresh snow, the Snow Farm is gorgeous.

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