Successful Surgery

I’m on a lot of narcotic pain medication. I’ll try to put together a coherent post. I want to apologize in advance for any typos or errors.

My injury, which I sustained Sunday and posted about on Monday, has received a lot more attention than I ever imagined it would. FasterSkier.com wrote two articles (here and here) about my crash and my travel back to the U.S., SkiTrax.com did a summary post of my blogs over the last week, and Aspen Public Radio and The Aspen Times each did a story about it. I have been overwhelmed by calls, texts, e-mails, and messages from people wishing me a speedy and successful recovery and offering to help in any way they can. I am so honored to have such an incredible support network behind me. I cannot thank everyone enough. I feel extremely lucky to have so many people behind me and believing in me.

When I posted on Wednesday about watching the Ski Halfpipe Grand Prix, I forgot to include the most important picture. In the post I talked about the challenge of getting up to the base of the halfpipe, but I didn’t mention that getting back down was super easy. I got a ride from the Olympic Silver Medalist in slopestyle skiing, Devin Logan. It was awesome.

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No News Yet

I cannot believe all of the get well messages and the outpouring of support that I have received since I hurt myself on Sunday. I am overwhelmed. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. The community that is behind me, which ranges from my wonderful family and best friends to people I’ve never met from all over the world, is simply astounding. Thank you!

I made it home without issue. Actually come to think of it, I didn’t really want to get off the plane. As I mentioned in my long post yesterday, I was in Business Class on the Lufthansa Frankfurt-Denver direct. I was in the very front of a Boeing 747, where the pilot normally sits. (The cockpit is in the upper deck of the 747.)

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Broken Fibula

Because I haven’t posted anything, I didn’t know anybody knew about my crash yesterday. Apparently I was wrong. I just turned on my computer for the first time, and I’m overwhelmed by the number of get well messages. I feel incredibly lucky to have so much support! Thank you all.

I see now that FasterSkier.com posted this article yesterday about my crash.

Yesterday was the first distance World Cup of the year, a 15 kilometer classic individual start race in Kuusamo, Finland. Before I went out to warm-up I got to watch the ladies’ race on T.V. Here’s my teammate Liz Stephen with her game face on at the start line.

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Arriving in Ruka

I’ve been struggling to put up this blog all afternoon. The internet here is really finicky. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s nonexistent. It’s driving me nuts.

When I was home in Aspen at the beginning of this month, Nordic Combined athlete Michael Ward and I stopped into Aspen Public Radio to do an interview. I’ve had the privilege of doing several public radio interviews over the last couple of years. They are my favorite type of interview to do because I enjoy listening to public radio, so it’s a thrill for me to be on it, and because the interviewers tend to go more in depth and ask better informed questions than other media outlets. This month interviewer Marci Krivonen delved into the fundraising aspect of being a professional athlete in an Olympic sport in the U.S. The story released yesterday. Check it out here.

Yesterday my teammates and I departed Muonio, Finland, where we’d been for a pre-World Cup training camp for the last eight days, and headed towards Kuusamo, Finland, the venue of this weekend’s opening World Cup races. The drive was snowy and the roads were slick.

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Reduced Strength

Yesterday afternoon, after my long ski in the morning here in Muonio, Finland, I went into town with Caitlin Gregg and coach Bryan Fish to do a strength session. Last week was my first week doing the new in-season strength program from my strength coach Tschana Schiller. The session is really comprehensive. My first time through it took me an hour and fifty minutes. In an effort to cut it down, I halved the time of the aerobic warm-up and got it down to an hour and forty minutes for the second session. Because I’m prioritizing great energy heading into the race season, my coach John Callahan and I felt like the strength program was still too long, so we asked Tschana to cut it down. I went through the new trimmed-down program yesterday and it was great. It’s still really high quality and only took me an hour and fifteen minutes. I think it’ll be great for my maintenance program for the first half of the season.

It continued to snow all day yesterday and last night.

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