Simi Hamilton


World Champions!

Topic: General News

Yesterday was a good day. Screw that, it was a GREAT day. The U.S. won its first ever World Championship gold medal in cross-country. Jessie and Kikkan have always held strong leaderships positions on this team and their team sprint victory showed us that anything is possible at this sport’s highest level. I think their energy in this photo shows exactly why they were able to pull this off. Hard work, belief, and team chemistry made this one happen. And I have a feeling it’s only the beginning, for them and for all of us.

And a huge congrats also goes out to Sarah Hendrickson, Park City’s own World Champion in women’s ski jumping. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her a bit since living in PC and always enjoy adventuring in the mountains with her brother, Nick. They are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and Sarah carries herself as a World Champion without the ego that sometimes comes with the title. Her win on Friday night sure did kick things in the right direction for the whole U.S. nordic team.

And of course I can’t leave the NoCo boys out of this post… they had some stellar jumps yesterday and followed it up with incredible skiing to take bronze in the men’s 4×5 km nordic combined relay. Todd, Billy, Taylor, and Brian are always a force to be reckoned with and they are playing a big part in why the U.S. is quickly becoming one of the nordic superpowers. Congrats boys.

I just finished up an update for the Aspen Times, which I think summarizes my week here at World Champs. Read it here or read it there. Enjoy:

I’ve never been fond of using a cliché to make a point, but in this case, one might have to do. Over the years- as an athlete, a student, a son, a brother, a boyfriend, a human being- I’ve been reminded time and time again that the only way we overcome obstacles and learn lessons making us better at the things we pursue is from getting up after we fall down. Over-used and a bit corny? Absolutely. Relevant? Absolutely absolutely. It was tough to sit down and write this week’s update, I won’t lie. And it wasn’t because I couldn’t find a free minute in my day, it was because this is World Championships week and I’ve had too many free minutes in all of my days here in Val di Fiemme.

I’ve struggled this season with illness, but to fall victim to a chest cold two days before the classic technique sprint at World Champs was like a dagger in my heart, especially after coming off a respectable 13th place in a World Cup Classic Sprint in Davos just two days earlier. It was made more devastating by the fact that I qualified 5th in the Davos prelims amongst a very elite field; a sign that my fitness and speed were finally back to normal and I was in a great place heading into the championships week. The feeling that I’ve had lingering in my head for the last six days is like the one you get when you know you’ve aced a test but simply forgot to write your name on the first page. So much preparation, so much investment, so many days of pushing my body and mind to their absolute limits; but seemingly all for nothing. I’ll stop myself there, however, because I know that’s not true. The things that I am learning from this experience will be worth their value ten-fold down the road. It’s just a matter of if I choose to accept them and carry them with me or not.  And so I will. If you want to be good at something- to be the best at anything- it takes trying and failing and more trying and more failing until you’ve tried and waited long enough to emerge successful in meeting your goals. Regardless of the outcome, you’ve won because you’re either proud of what you’ve learned along the way, you’re wearing a medal around your neck, or hopefully both.

So I continue down this road. Learning and living and loving even the parts that I hate until I’m proud of what I’ve done and the people that know me are proud of what I’ve done. This season is far from over, but more importantly, this long and crazy adventure as an athlete in one of the world’s hardest and most frustrating sports is far from over. Thanks to all that have supported and continue to support this journey.


One Response

  1. Al Beyer says:

    well written Sim! nothing can beat persistence and i’m proud of yours.
    it is a bigger badge than talent and luck, although these are good to have as well…
    Best to all the gang

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