The past two weeks, I have been training, traveling and racing in Norway. The first week I was just training, because we had a weekend off from World Cup racing. I drove with my teammates to Sjusjøen, which is where part of the Norwegian Birkiebeiner trails are. You might have heard of the American Birkie (and I bet your parents probably have!) but the Norwegian Birkie race is where it all started. There are hundreds of kilometers of groomed ski trails in Sjusjøen, and I only skied a fraction of them in the week that I stayed there.
Hi MYSL friends!
Hey there MYSL skiers!
Since I last wrote to you, some very exciting things have happened! I finished the Tour de Ski in 10th place, and 6 of my teammates also completed every stage race and finished the Tour. Sophie Caldwell and I both won stages of the tour; Sophie won a classic sprint, and I won an individual start 5km skate race. It was such an exciting tour for our team. I’m going to walk you through the day and what it felt like to be the first American woman to win a modern day distance World Cup!
Hi there MYSL skiers!
I hope you are all ready for snow, because I sure am excited to start the ski season! I’m writing to you about our training camp in Gällivare, which is in Sweden. It’s 100 kilometers North of the Arctic Circle, and there is no easy way to get there, especially from Minnesota! My travel day looked like this: I flew from Minneapolis to Amsterdam (Holland) from Amsterdam to Helsinki (Finland), and from Helsinki to Rovaniemi (also Finland), which is the official airport of Santa Claus! There’s a bunch of Holiday decorations in the airport and it’s a pretty big vacation destination for Finnish families. From the Rovaniemi airport we drove 3 hours to Gällivare, where we stayed in little houses on top of a mountain.
Hi MYSL kids!
I’m writing to you from Italy, where I am in a training camp after racing in the Tour de Ski. I want to share with you what I’ve been up to and the places I’ve been in the first part of the World Cup racing season, back in November! After packing up my duffel bag and ski bag for the winter, I hugged my family goodbye and left Minnesota. I won’t be back home until March, so I had to pack a bag for 5 months…the whole winter! Can you imagine being on the road for a whole winter? What would you bring with you? Of course I bring my skis, boots, poles and boots…but I also like to bring some books, some of my favorite snacks like peanut butter (they don’t have good peanut butter in Europe!) and some cards.
My first stop in Europe was way up north, in Muonio, Finland. I rejoined my US Ski Teammates, and we lived in little cabins in a tiny ski town. Muonio is above the Arctic Circle, so it was dark most of the day, but we got to see the Northern Lights one night! We stayed in Muonio for a week to train and get used to the different time zone, then we traveled to Ruka (also called Kuusamo), which is also in Finland for the first World Cup races of the year.
Happy November, MYSL skiers!
I’m writing to you from Canmore, Alberta, where we just finished up a camp on snow! I was up in Canada with the US Ski Team and my club team for 10 days to practice skiing on real snow instead of roller skiing before the racing season starts. Canmore has a huge ski area, and two winters ago I was there with the World Cup racers to compete on their super hilly and rocky trails.