It was a quick two weeks in Norway and I am now back in the US for training and home competitions! Back tracking to my time in Norway, my team and I started in a town just outside of Lillehammer called Sjusjøen. It is a very small town mostly based around what is typically a very large system of Nordic trails. We stayed in this awesome little cabin walking distance from the trails for the first segment of the trip. Usually Sjusjøen has tons of snow and skiing however this year all they had was a 4km loop. Quite honestly, it was scary showing up to Norway a place I typically pair with being a Winter Wonderland to no natural snow on the ground. We were still able to make the best out of it and got some great training in, it’s always fun to be back on skis and snow regardless of the circumstances. We were also planning on jumping that first week however there was no snow on the hill when we showed up. Lillehammer did an awesome job of making an large amount of snow the first week we were there opening the jump for training the week leading into the competitions. It was a little behind schedule but really good to start jumping again, it feels great to be jumping on snow! As I expected I had to work out the kinks a little bit but each day I was able to take steps to continue to improve my jumping. My team and I had a great minicamp leading into the comp regardless of the snow situation!
A few days before the competition started we moved down to Lillehammer where we would be staying with the rest of the teams. Our wax team showed up and we all started to get back into the groove of competition weekends. Personally I didn’t put together a competition that I was satisfied with, however I did continue to make improvements each day. I had some jumps typical of where I know I can jump, and they are right in the mix which was good for me to realize I am capable. I also got to compete in my first ever Mass Start Nordic Combined competition, a format the World Cup hasn’t seen for 10 years. It was a learning experience racing with that many guys on such a hard course but very fun. If you want to check results from the weekend click here, and check out some media below.
I am now back in the US where I will be training with my entire team before the Continental Cup circuit kicks off in Steamboat. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to compete at home once again, that will be the weekend of December 14-15, I will post an update with more info on that so stay tuned!