|You can almost make out where the targets are supposed to be visible through the fog behind us. |
photo: Erik Lewish
In my last blog post, the Antholz world cup was already shaping up to be a dud for me. I had a cold, and then broke my rifle and stopped the sprint after one lap. But after that happened, I was psyched to have a few more days of getting better before we had a relay on Sunday. I really love biathlon relays, and so far this year, they've always been my best races. My coach Armin got my rifle fixed overnight by his friend and stock-maker Rudi, and my rifle was reinforced and ready to go.
|Now it doesn't even look like it was broken!|
|Mom and Dad watching the men's relay.|
I felt especially bad about my lack of racing because my parents had come to Antholz to watch me. Luckily, there were still races for them to watch, and this is a pretty cool place to come for a little ski vacation anyways. They were here for a few more days after the racing was over, and the fog finally burned off a bit so we could enjoy some real Sudtirolean sunny weather!
It has been a great week of recovering, training, and spending some time with friends and family. My parents won't be coming to Sochi, and I'm glad that they came here instead because they got to ski and see me a lot, both things they wouldn't be able to do in Sochi. Now I have just five more days of training here before we head to US Olympic Team "processing" in Munich, and then on to Sochi from there!
|After a foggy, cloudy weekend, the clouds finally lifted and mom, dad and I went for a nice little walk overlooking the dolomites.|
|And then the next day there was fog in the valley, but we skied up out of it, to the top of Staller Pass, which is the border with Austria. It was sunny and beautiful and we got cappuccinos and hot chocolates at the Alm at the top.|
|And we found a pizza place that made gluten-free pizza!! The smoked-salmon and brie pizza was my favorite.|
|Susan and I met up with Ida, Pepa, and Liz Guiney for a ski at Platzwiese, high in the Dolomites. It was a Craftsbury reunion! They were training in nearby Toblach, before going to Sochi (Ida) and U-23 Champs (Liz).|
|Platzwiese is one of my favorites places to ski. Sun, amazing view of dolomites, perfect trails, friends and family--who could ask for more?|