I have gotten amazing feedback on these posts. Thank you all for the messages. It makes me feel incredibly special to know that I have the support of such a large community.
Many people have asked me which races I’m doing here at the Olympics, so I have updated the events page on this site with my race dates and times. I am only guaranteed starts in the first two races, the Skiathlon and 15K. I need to ski well in each of those to get a spot on the relay team and a start in the 50K. I am feeling good and can’t wait for my opportunities.
In the US, NBC is live streaming every race (and Olympic event). They are also broadcasting races on their networks. This press release has all of the info you need to watch and everything is available at NBCOlympics.com.
Among the feedback I’ve received has been some very helpful answers to my questions. I got a translation for the text on the banner hanging on the first tower in the Olympic Village. Here is what I received:
“The Republic of Korea remembers the sweat you have shed.”
More freely: “The nation will not forget your hard work.”
(I take it that is geared more toward the facility construction teams than the athletes.)
I have also been asked several times how I’m going to get everything home that I’ve received at the Games. Luckily, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) will ship it for us. They have a station after closing ceremonies for us to pack boxes with everything we don’t need for the remainder of the season. I believe they put it all into a shipping container and then mail it from the US. In Sochi it took a couple months to receive the box. There’s a rumor going around that they are limiting us to one box each. My hope is that a.) that’s not true or b.) it’s a REALLY BIG box.
I have also been asked if the spartan rooms here in the Village, with unfinished kitchens, are similar to what we had in Sochi. Our duplexes in Sochi were definitely nicer and more finished than these apartment buildings, though if I remember correctly we didn’t have full kitchens there either. Also and importantly, there were 3 Villages in Sochi (there are two here) and ours (the Endurance Village) was the smallest and by far the nicest. I had a very different Olympic experience in Sochi than many athletes from other sports.
In that vein, now that I’m here in this large Olympic Village, I am realizing that my experience in Sochi, in a Village with only cross-country skiers and biathletes, was much more like a typical World Championship experience than a typical Olympics. This year, I’m enjoying meeting athletes from very different sports than mine.
We are living here in PyeongChang in the Mountain Village. All of the athletes who compete on snow, plus all of the sliding sport (bobsled, luge and skeleton) athletes, are in this village. All of the other ice sport athletes are in the Coastal Village, 40 kilometers from here.
Many athletes and teams have chosen not to stay in either Village. I know some of the most famous athletes from the US, including Mikaela Shiffrin and Shaun White, plus the entire US Alpine Speed Team and the Norwegian Cross-Country Team, are living outside the Village.
The temperature has continued to be cold here. It was again around 0°F this morning, but it looks like it’s going to warm up and get into a nice cycle with highs around freezing point and lows around 15°F. It can be quite windy here and there aren’t any trees around the course for protection, so it may feel colder. Luckily, it is forecast to be in the upper 20s during the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night in an open-air stadium, though we do have heated jackets just in case. I am planning to do like I did in Sochi: walk in the ceremony but then leave on the early bus without watching the show. I race two days later.
On a totally different note, I received this cool text on my international calling plan this morning.