Hey MYSL Kids! I’m out east, in the land of Maple Syrup…Vermont! This past month I’ve done some traveling, from my last camp with the US Ski Team girls in Alaska to Minnesota for 2 days, to Thunder Bay up in Canada, and back to my Stratton Mountain School (SMS) club team here in Vermont. I was able to spend some great family time in Thunder Bay at my Grandma’s cabin on Lake Superior. I am actually a duel citizen of Canada and the United States since my Dad is a Canadian citizen and my Mom was born in Canada but got her US citizenship. It’s fun belonging to two countries at once!
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Hi MYSL Kids! This time, your blog post is coming to you from the land of the Midnight Sun – Alaska! I just spent three weeks up in Anchorage for a girls US Ski Team training camp, part dry-land and part on Eagle glacier. It’s really great to be able to get on snow halfway through the summer and test out some new classic skis that Salomon sent me, and practice waxing them up so it won’t feel so strange in November when I get back to racing. It was very exciting to get to the glacier because we were flown up in a helicopter, and a hike that would have taken us 3 hours turned into a 10 minute ride!
Hi MYSL kids! I’m writing to you from Park City, Utah. It’s another beautiful hot sunny day – and it hasn’t rained once since I got here, almost 2 weeks ago! I feel like I am living in Paradise. I am sharing a condo up in Empire Village with my teammates, which is at 8,100 feet of elevation. Compare that to the average elevation of Minnesota – 1,200ft, and I’m basically living 6,900 feet in the air above Minnesota! When you’re higher up, it’s much harder to breathe, and until my body adjusted it felt like I was trying to breathe through a straw. Try it sometime – it’s pretty tough, especially once you try climbing up the stairs!
I’m back! After a short break to rest and recover from last season’s racing, training and fun times on skis has started up again, and so has the MYSL blog.
I’ll be writing every month during the summer, and a couple times a month during the race season.
This is my last post for you for a little while, so it’s a longer one. I want to share with you the story from World Championships, where Kikkan and I won the Gold medal in the skate team sprint race. It was a big deal for the USA because it’s the first gold our country has ever won at a World Champs!
2.24.13 World Champions in the house. This is Jessie's latest post, written the day before she became the World Champion in the Team Sprint with Kikkan Randall. -AC
Hello MYSL Kids! This week something pretty special and exciting is going on
– the World Championship races! Everybody knows that the Olympics are held every 4 years, but the World Champs is every 2 years – the year before and the year after the Olympics. This year the World Championship series is in Val di Fiemme (where I wrote to you from the Tour de Ski) and once again the US Ski Team is staying in Predazzo, a town near the race courses. There are Ski Jumping events, Nordic Combined (ski jumping + cross-country skiing) and Cross Country races.
Star Tribune article about Jessie from 2/8/13 http://www.startribune.com/sports/190315491.html
Hey MYSL Kids! Last time I wrote to you, I was in Russia, checking out the Olympic venue for next year’s Winter Games.
It was very exciting and different to be in a country with some customs that are similar, and some totally different than ours. I raced twice last weekend; the skate sprint, and the 15km skiathalon.
This post is written to you from Sochi, Russia – the longest city in the world! It runs along the black sea, and I’m staying up on top of a mountain, at the ski venue where the 2014 Olympics will be held next year.