I got up to skiing yesterday afternoon just as my teammates who are sprinting today were finishing their pre-race ski. They are all feeling good and psyched to race. Here is Sophie Caldwell:
Kikkan Randall is getting a lot of attention from the media and deservedly so. She’s won the FIS World Cup Sprint Globe for two years in a row and is the favorite to win today’s sprint. Here she is giving an interview after her ski yesterday afternoon.
She was psyched when she was back in the wax room.
I had a good easy classic ski with my coach Zach Caldwell. I was tired from Sunday’s race. We weren’t getting a lot of technique work done, so we didn’t even make it 20 minutes on the snow. It was a really nice day. Here’s a look from our venue across the valley to the Olympic Alpine Venue.
Here’s the daily dose of the Olympic rings.
Here is German skier Tim Tscharnke:
The Germans have installed a weather station on the roof of their wax cabin.
It’s a good thing they got a second story container.
Holly Brooks changed it up at dinner last night by bringing her own salsa and creating a little Mexican feast. It looked delicious. Mexican is one nationality of food that they don’t have in the dining hall. Holly was generous enough to share, but it was just a teaser. Mexican food is far and away the inanimate object I miss most about home.
After dinner last night, USSA Communications Director Margo Christiansen and I took a shuttle up to the biathlon stadium to do an interview request from Russia TV1.
It was one of five interviews I did yesterday, most stemming from this blog. The people from TV1 were super nice and wanted a picture with me afterwards.
Plus going to the interview gave me the chance to check out the stunning biathlon stadium at night.
When I got back to my room I noticed this box on the wall. I’m sure it’s been there all week and I just haven’t noticed it.
It’s mounted above my bed. I’m not going to speculate about what it’s for.
I didn’t ski today. Instead I met my strength coach Michael Naperalsky, the same one I work with all summer in Park City, for an easy session in the gym. It gave me a chance to check out the village exercise facilities. There is a full size basketball court.
And the weight room was exceptional. It may be the nicest (not fanciest) gym I’ve ever been to outside the States.
There was even a climbing wall, though it’s not open this week.
While I was in the gym I noticed that one of the TV stations, a news channel, was broadcasting pictures from my blog. It was a little odd to see on T.V.
It was really nice to have Michael with me to critique my technique and tell me what to emphasize in each exercise.
It was also fun to catch up with Michael since I haven’t seen him in four months.
He did a little lifting himself.
After the session we went to check out the game room.
It was awesome. It had all of my favorite games.
Michael was into the arcade side.
We played two games of air hockey. I got him both times, but we were a good match.
I just finished watch in the Olympic sprint qualifier.
All of the U.S. ladies plus Simi Hamilton and Andy Newell qualified for the heats which begin in 30 minutes. I’m headed up there to watch, and I’m so excited. I want to post one more time that it’s been since the Innsbruck Olympics in 1976 that the U.S. has won an Olympic medal in cross country skiing. Hopefully that will change this afternoon.
If you’re in the U.S. you can watch it now on the NBC Sports Network or on NBC in their daytime coverage.