Simi Hamilton

Jessie pretty much epitomizes the spirit I'm talking about.

Topic: General News

This is going to be a short one because I’m gearing up to go check out the women’s 4×5 km relay in a few minutes. There’s few things more exciting than watching our women CRUSH HOUSE, and they’ve had a few relays on the World Cup where they’ve done exactly that. Watching them ski as one team, it’s easy to see why they are regarded as the relay team with the most heart. And I don’t mean that in the sense that they go out and ski hard with lots of heart, but never do very well on the results list… They are becoming regulars on the podium and they find themselves up there because of what they know they can accomplish as a team of 4, not just 4 individual women skiing 5 km each. So anyway, regardless of where they finish, it always makes me enormously proud that they are such a prominent face of our team. They give us all a good name in the international ski community, and as USA XC continues to define itself as a nordic powerhouse, that’s pretty important. I’m hoping that everyone back home who doesn’t watch the relay live this morning wakes up to find some history-making news, but even if that doesn’t happen, I’m still enormously proud to be a part of this team with these stand up ladies.

Jessie pretty much epitomizes the spirit I'm talking about.

So a little bit about the sprint last Tuesday… Everyone who’s reading this has probably had that experience at some point in their life of really wanting to do things over again. That’s pretty much where I’m at with how the sprint turned out. But what I’ve realized in the last few days since the race, is that I do get to do it over again, because there are going to be SO many more races- Olympic races, World Cup races, World Championship races- ahead of me in the future. And although I can’t turn back time to avoid all the things that I felt didn’t go my way on that big day, I can wake up every morning with the goal of just becoming a better ski racer, a better person, a better teammate. No matter how big or small the tasks. It’s for sure a little frustrating to be in the middle of my best ski racing season ever, and feel like one specific result at the Olympics doesn’t reflect the racing shape that I’m in and the speed that I have at my fingertips right now, but oh well. Sometimes things line up in a sprint heat, and sometimes they don’t. That’s why this is one of the toughest sports in the world, mentally and physically, and that’s why we love it. It’s just a ski race and if we didn’t learn anything from all the days that we’re out there- the good ones and the bad ones- than this whole thing would be totally pointless.

It still feels like summer up here at the Endurance Village, so I’m gonna go throw on my cutoff race suit, cruise around on the course for a few minutes, soak up some righteous rays, and then get my cheer on for our girls. Go USA!

Soph showing the world the latest in nordic fashion… sleeveless. It’s been about 60 F during the last few afternoon races up here.
The queen. Marit Bjorgen (NOR) striding the big climb like a boss. I think she ended up 5th in the women’s 10 km classic, but she’s always one of the most graceful classic skiers to watch out there.
Sunshine, beautiful mountain landscape, raucous fans.

2 Responses

  1. Jim Dresser says:

    50 MPH on skinny skis in a crowd! Simi, thanks for letting us armchair olympians live vicariously through you. Our little family has enjoyed your and Noah’s website. We have all experienced let downs, none of us have won world cup gold! On the way home from your send-off in Aspen, Langdon (our 11 year old son) asked Mom if I had in fact mentored you, she affirmed that I had -YES. And I also bragged to friends in Mora, Sverge that I was a velleder back then. If you ever happen to see any of these people please back up my story. Keep it up! Jim Dresser

  2. Tony Lunn says:

    It was a pleasure to meet you on the plane home on Monday (I was in the seat in front of you). Congratulations on being in the US Olympic team!
    A recreational skier, I ski at a rather slower pace than you! I’m now in my 44th year of XC skiing.
    Have fun as you continue your career.

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