The trip is over and i had a wonderful time. It was quite the eye opening experience. As you may know i competed the day of the 10km race. My jumping came together more so for that day. I jumped to 50 out of 58 which for me was very good. It was kind of cool seeing where i might be in a couple of years in this competition. After the that we had a short amount of time to head back to where we were staying and eat our lunches. We then headed to the race course where our ski technician had been for most of the day preparing our skis for the race. There was a special tent for the athletes to change in with food and water. Once we were ready to go we headed over to our wax cabin to get our warm-up skis. We then headed out on the course to do our warm-up. Before the race started we got our race skis from the coaches and then we headed to the start line in our race suits. I started with a group of boys that i was able to ski with for most of the race. We did four laps on a 2.5km loop with lots of hills and fun downhills. I was able to hold my own and finish in 51 place with the 46 fastest time of all the competitors. I am super psyched with my performance and am so glad that i got the opportunity to compete in this competition.
I competed on a wednesday and we had a rest day on thursday that consisted of naping, homework, and rejuvenation. On friday was the 5km individual race which Erik Lynch subbed in for me at. At the jump hill I positioned myself on the hill so that i could tell my coach what type of wind was at the bottom of the hill so that my team mates would have good wind.
At the skate ski venue i helped wax skis but mostly just did anything my team mates needed and then during the race i cheered them on at the top of the biggest hill. It is the picture to the left. I was the motivator of the team that day. It was cool to spectate this competition but still have access to 'behind the scenes'. The next day was the team event and at the jump hill it was extremely cold so my team mates wore their puffy coats to the top of the jump and then i brought them all down for them. It was a cold job but a great spot to watch. At the skate ski course i did the exact same thing and took some more pictures. Overall i think that this was a wonderful experience and i am very thankful that i made this team. This year had been very eye opening with my first international competitions and my first europe trips. I could not have done it without everyone who supports me so thank you very much.