First, thank you for the incredible words of encouragement I’ve received in the comments section of this blog over the past week. I am so grateful and honored for the incredible support.
Today is the last day I can help promote and bring exposure to my personal sponsors throughout the Olympic Games. Tomorrow, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) Rule 40 goes into effect until three days after the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. Rule 40 bans all Olympic athletes from associating with any company that is not an IOC or U.S. Olympic Committee (or foreign equivalent) partner. To learn more about Rule 40, check out this great blog from “Sports Business” written during the 2012 London Olympics.
So, before I lose the chance, I want to again acknowledge my hat sponsor (title sponsor), Thoughtforms Corporation. Thoughtforms is a custom home builder in the Boston, Massachusetts area. They build high end luxury homes with a focus on green building and outstanding customer relations. Financially supporting my ski career is one of the biggest challenges I face while pursuing international success. My partnership with Thoughtforms is new this year and allows me to focus solely on accomplishing my goals. I am so thankful for their support and honored to work with a company that puts so much emphasis on personal integrity. Thoughtforms just launched a slick new website. Check it out here.
Speaking of Thoughtforms, the man who made the partnership happen, Mark Doughty, just sent me an outstanding care package from him and his family.
I loved the personal note from his son Nathan.
The box included a ton of awesome goodies.
My favorites include a resupply of salsa (something I’ve been craving and which you can’t find in Europe)…
…and Maple Syrup…
…and I’m very excited about the peanut butter cups!
I had another day off of training today. Many of my teammates skied this morning, but I took my time packing my stuff out of the Alpenhotel Panorama in Seiser Alm, Italy. At noon we all gathered to watch the Under-23 (years of age) World Championships from just over the mountains in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Our teammate Jessie Diggins drove to Val di Fiemme yesterday to race today. She finished 2nd, earning a World Championship silver medal. It was really fun to watch her.
It was the only race Jessie will do at the Championships. She’ll join us here in Toblach tomorrow.
We didn’t depart Seiser Alm till 2 p.m., so we got to catch a few more rays before loading up.
Having spent 15 of the last 19 days in Seiser Alm, I will miss the beautiful weather and views.
However, I am glad the training camp is over. I felt trapped at the hotel on top of the chairlift with nowhere to go and nothing to do. I was struggling to stay happy. I am very excited to be back at a race venue. I don’t have any more training camps this winter, as I will race every weekend for the rest of the season.
The short hour and a half drive to Toblach, Italy was easy. We’re back at a hotel I stayed at several years ago for the OPA (European Continental Cup) Finals. We’re only a couple hundred meters form the stadium. I can see it from my deck:
This hotel does a cool energy saving thing by reusing napkins for multiple meals. They distribute envelopes for each of us to put our napkins in for safe keeping. Liz Stephen had fun labeling each of our envelopes this evening:
I’m excited to train tomorrow (if only for 45 minutes) for the first time since Monday.