Sponsors and Wonderful Care Package

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.

Package from Mark Doughty Family

I loved the personal note from his son Nathan.

Nathan Doughty Note

The box included a ton of awesome goodies.

Awesome Goodies from Mark Doughty Family

My favorites include a resupply of salsa (something I’ve been craving and which you can’t find in Europe)…

Salsa from Mark Doughty Family

…and Maple Syrup…

Maple Syrup from Mark Doughty Family

…and I’m very excited about the peanut butter cups!

Peanut Butter Cups from Mark Doughty Family

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.

U.S. Ski Team Watching U-23 World Champiohsips from Seiser Alm, 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.

Jessie Diggins Racing at U23 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy

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.

Deck Lounging in Seiser Alm, Italy

Having spent 15 of the last 19 days in Seiser Alm, I will miss the beautiful weather and views.

Beautiful View in Seiser Alm, Italy

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:

Toblach Stadium from Hotel 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:

Napkin Envelopes in Toblach, Italy

I’m excited to train tomorrow (if only for 45 minutes) for the first time since Monday.

26 thoughts on “Sponsors and Wonderful Care Package

  1. Yeah Thoughtforms!

    I saw that young man Nathan Doughty race on Sunday morning! He’s got a finish like Northug! Tied for first in his sprint race.

    Good luck Noah!

  2. Noah, you are an outstanding ambassador for our sport. Thanks for all the blogs! Good luck! Your time to shine and ski fast is now!!!

  3. Good luck Noah and the whole US Team!
    Nathan skied a great race on Sunday. Cool to see his note to you in there.

  4. Good luck Noah, and to the rest of the team as well! Met Mark on a rainy day of skiing at Weston…super nice guy. Way to go Thoughtforms for supporting elite skiers in need!

  5. Good luck Noah and the whole US xc ski team! Ski fast, you’ll make us proud!
    Thanks to Mark at ThoughtForms for supporting such a wonderful, fun and growing sport. Such a pleasure to be coaching kids, our next generation of skiers…

  6. Noah, ski fast and hard. I’m a 9 year old skier and can’t wait to watch you ski in the Olympics.

  7. Good luck Noah! Enjoy the taper. Enjoy the adventure! I know it feels good letting your body rest after so much hard training. Keep up the good work and we’ll be shouting for you!

  8. Okay Noah, I never should have looked at that post before lunch. Here I am, stuck on the desk at work, and now I’m really hungry after looking at your care package! We’re all very excited for you and thinking about you a lot. We are also shoveling a lot, because the January thaw is over. It should get us in the mood to watch the Olympics. We’ll be rooting for you and all your teammates. Molly I.

  9. Hope those beautiful views bring you inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story and experiences with all of us. EMBK is lucky to have Thoughtforms, Mark and his family involved with our program. It helps us to feel the connection to you, Nordic skiing, and the Olympics in a more personal and exciting way. We are cheering for you! Good luck.

  10. We are following the US team closely and look forward to listening to the XC report tomorrow morning, Feb 1, on NPR Bill Littlefield’s “It’s Only a Game.”

  11. Thanks for all the great posts; you are an inspiration to of us racing here in the US! Good luck to you and all of the team at Sochi! Amazing history will be made and we can’t wait to watch you guys give it your all!!

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