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The amazing sprint course/stadium layout in Ostersund. This was one of the coolest designed sprint courses I've ever raced on.

Pre-World’s

Topic: Ski Racing

We arrived here in Falun- just a couple hundred km north of Stockholm- a couple nights ago after a great weekend of World Cup action in Ostersund. Staying right in the heart of the city, it’s easy to be constantly reminded of how excited the local businesses and residents are for the championships. There are huge billboards and banners throughout the town advertising the races that begin on Thursday and everywhere you go you can tell that the locals are ecstatic that all of us athletes are here and that the organized chaos of World Champs is about to begin. The courses are in great shape… Falun was spared the bizarre warm front and rain that blew in to Ostersund just before last weekend’s races. The championships will kick off with the individual classic sprint on Thursday, and distance racing begins Saturday with the men’s and women’s skiathlons.

I’m feeling good heading into Worlds… an 11th place in last Saturday’s World Cup classic sprint has left me confident that my fitness and speed are in really good places heading into this week. Racing is racing, and nothing is ever set in stone, but I know that if I get out there, stay relaxed, and ski smart, I’ll come away from this week with some results and efforts that I can be proud of. My mom and aunt, as well as a pretty massive contingent of North American parents, family members, and super-fans will be course-side for most of the championships, cheering on the stars and stripes. I can’t wait for it… 4 months is a long time to be away from home and all the people that make home so special.

More to come on the blog when the start gun goes off Thursday, so check back in for some stories and photos!

The amazing sprint course/stadium layout in Ostersund. This was one of the coolest designed sprint courses I've ever raced on.

The amazing sprint course/stadium layout in Ostersund. This was one of the coolest designed sprint courses I’ve ever raced on.

A quick training selfie with my sprint friend from Austia, Markus Bader.

A quick training selfie with my sprint friend from Austia, Markus Bader.

A view of the Falun stadium  from half-way of the biggest climb on the distance course. The abyss that falls below is the landing for the K120 ski jump.

A view of the Falun stadium from half-way of the biggest climb on the distance course. The abyss that falls below is the landing for the K120 ski jump.

Here is a video of the entire Ostersund sprint. I am featured in quarterfinal #4 and semifinal #2:

 

 

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2015

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