Last weekend I had another Continental Cup (COC) competition weekend in Otepaa, Estonia, It was a new venue and a new country for me! It was an awesome set up, the hotel we stayed at was a 5min walk to the ski jump and right outside the door was the cross country course. I was able to continue jumping at my average level, happy with the consistency. On day one I had a solid jump that was a fun one to fly, I ended up in 16th place to start the race. The hill is a K90 (Normal Hill) so the field was much tighter than the weekend before with minimal time gaps, I knew it was going to be an exciting race going into it. I was able to work my way into it and find a group of 4 other athletes to race with. On the last lap there were faster skiers coming up behind us, since I was able to ski a smarter race not wasting to much energy during the first couple laps I had enough energy to ski a fast last lap and stay ahead of the skiers coming from behind. I ended the day in 16th place under a minute behind the leader.
On day two I had a similar jump to the day before and ended up in 11th place after the jumping. Again, it was tight time gaps on the startlist with a large number of fast skiers right behind me. Those skiers caught onto my group at the end of the first lap forming a large group, the front of which was 8th place and the back about 16th. It was a fun pack to ski in fighting for position, it was fast paced but I was able to hang for most of the race. On the last lap my legs started to feel it and a couple of the faster guys went off the front. I was able to ski with a couple guys last lap but didn’t have the legs for as strong of a finish as I would have liked. I ended up finishing in 19th place. Overall the weekend was decent and I was happy with how consistent I was able to jump and ski both this weekend and last. It has been super fun being in larger groups right in the mix of the race and getting more practice skiing tactically and in bigger packs. The team had another solid weekend as well, on day one Adam finished in 22, Stephen in 30, Grant in 40, and Nathaniel in 41. On day two Stephen finished in 21, Adam in 32, Grant in 44, and Nathaniel in 46. If you want to check out the results from the weekend in Estonia click here. After the weekend Grant & Stephen flew back to the US for World Junior Championships while Adam, Nathaniel and I drove the 22hr trip from Estonia down to Slovenia. It was an interesting drive for sure but I am psyched to be back in my second home here in Slovenia. I will be here for a little training period before the next competitions kick off!