Simi Hamilton

 
Lillehammer at sunrise

2014 Was a Good Year

Topic: General News

Well, you may be thinking that you’re reading this just because it’s the start of a brand new year and when something of significance happens (e.g. a brand new year) it’s a great time to write about something. But the truth is that I really, really needed to update all of you back home with what’s going on, and the flip-over from 365 to 1 was just a great excuse to make myself do it. So apologies for being MIA on the inter web for too long… I got wrapped up in getting healthy, traveling, packing my gear, traveling some more, unpacking my gear, eating, sleeping, and repeating. But I’m back and right now seems like a great time to fill you in where I’ve been and what shenanigans we’ve found.

It feels like Davos has become somewhat of a new home for us. We’ve always logged a lot of time there every season for as long as I can remember, but this year was a bit different. We drove in to the busy Swiss mountain town on December 8th and left yesterday. Just shy of a month in one of the most expensive towns in one of the most expensive countries on earth… but it was worth it. After plans to race in La Clusaz, France were altered because of the complete nonexistence of snow in (basically) all of Europe, we signed on for another week at our home-away-from-home when the skiing-crazy town of Davos decided to pick up the nearly-cancelled World Cup weekend and host it’s second set of races in just as many weeks. It boded great for me, as I was out with a cold during the first go around (and subsequently missed a skate sprint), especially since they changed the race schedule from 2 distance races to a distance race and a second skate sprint. It took a little longer to get 100% healthy, but toeing the line during that second skate sprint felt great and I was pumped to get back to what I know best… racing. The day ended much too early as the soft uphill got the best of me when I hooked my tip and landed on my face during my quarterfinal, but such is racing and it only made me hungrier for the next go-around.

Our original Christmas plans called for meeting my girlfriend’s family in the north of Italy for 10 days of training, eating pasta and drinking wine, and being with family, but again we made some last minute changes and pulled the trigger on spending all of Christmas in Davos since they were still the only place in Europe with skiing suitable for training. It was tough to hear that they weren’t coming, but we found a cozy apartment in the steep Swiss valley to decompress for the holiday break and had several of our teammates sticking around to train thru the holidays. So it wasn’t that bad of a plan B. We gradually kept getting more and more snow until we finally left yesterday, and the place was completely transformed during the 3+weeks that we were there.

Sun between storms in Davos
Most nights we night skied over to Liz and Ida’s apartment to cook dinner with them. On this specific night, we were the ‘wine mules’. An important job to say the least
The head of FIS XC marketing, Jurg Capol, and his awesome family had us over for Christmas eve dinner. It was so incredibly nice to spend a special time of year with a truly great family. And the spread was unreal.
Driving the one-lane, 10 km tunnel to Livigno, Italy for a day of skiing, pizza, and some good ol’ Italian tanning.
Keeping things exciting on the 5 km loop in Davos
Post-Christmas dinner ski under the lights
Lillehammer at sunrise

With the holiday training block wrapped up in Davos, we made the über cool drive from Switzerland to southern Germany. Oberstdorf is a special place with its plethora of 3,000 meter peaks rising from the flat lands that extend north to the Baltic Sea. People here love skiing and it shows when the xc and ski jumping world cups come to town. It’s been snowing non-stop here for the last week, but today we woke up to cold temps with clear skies and took advantage of the vitamin D offering.

Hard not to smile on a day like today
Soph striding up and over the stadium bridge
Cork-dog trying to keep up with these two all-stars

2014 was truly a memorable year. My first World Cup win. Another Olympics under the belt. Constant reminders of how loving and unbelievable my family is. But I’m ecstatic and anxious to see what 2015 brings. One of the things I’m most excited for is my new ambassadorship with Protect Our Winters. POW is an awesome organization that unites professional athletes, business owners, communities, school children, politicians, and winter sport enthusiasts who are impacted by our changing climate. It is a foundation for all of us who care about winter to stand on and speak up about why this season and everything it encompasses is important to us. I’m joined by friends Chris Davenport, Kikkan Randall, and Andy Newell, among countless others, who care about the same issues I do… we all do… and taking initiative to fight for what we believe in. So I’ve got some cool projects cooking in my head and I’m super stoked about helping the organization and its initiatives in meaningful ways that only I can do. Much more on this later, but in the meantime check out what we’re up to here and saddle up to fight the good fight with us.

POW!!!

5 Responses

  1. Kim Maser says:

    Hi Simi. Ride the wave (surf slang) Have fun over there and race well. Happy New Year to you and all your teammates Hopeyou guys have some great races, Really enjoy the posts, That singlet you gave me has a special place on the wall. Cheers mate Kim

  2. Boots Brown says:

    Great posts & great pictures. Uber good luck, health & good fortune in 2015

  3. Rob Burnett says:

    Hey Sim – nice work in the prologue and good luck Tues. We’ll be cheering for you and the rest of the team. Missed you at the cabin, but made some sweet turns just for you.

  4. Craig Ward says:

    Nice 8th place in the Val Mustair sprint! I feel that engine getting tuned up

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