Sunday, December 1, 2013

A great start to the 2013/2014 Season

Our new Team Gregg Logo (Thanks to Tara Gregg) and Helly Hansen Jackets complete with sponsor patches (Thanks to Jan and Alieta Gregg!) True Team Gregg Effort all around!
This past weekend was one of the most successful weekends I have ever had in my ski racing career! I am currently in West Yellowstone, MT where many of the country's XC Ski enthusiasts gather to get their first tracks of the season. For athletes who are not in Europe it is the first series of Super Tour weekends where we can earn start rights and funding for World Cups in the second period. I am so excited to report that I skied very well and won both events!!!

I am loving my new Madshus Gear! Photo by Ian Harvey of Toko
Happy Family at the Finish!
Podium Ceremony

 This was the first sprint race I have ever won on the Super Tour circuit. I have won the qualifier in the past but have never finished above 2nd in a final. It was a great feeling and a huge confidence boost before my distance race the next day.

I am much stronger in the distance events (aka the American Birkebeiner) than the sprints which made the sprint victory so awesome. The 10K skate was incredible for me and my wax techs nailed the wax (which is a huge factor in ski racing). The BEST part of the day was Brian getting 2nd! He raced so well and his result was a huge step towards the Olympics for him :) Team Gregg is in good spirits as we go separate ways for this next weekend!

Racing in the Distance Skate Race
Unfortunately I came down with the beginning of a cold on Saturday morning and by the end of the weekend I am now suffering from a full blown head cold :( I cannot really complain because I have a few days very easy to absorb last week and I only seem to get sick once or twice a year.

The truth is I am not very good at being sick. I still try to take care of everything I usually do (minus the training) when I should be sleeping in bed. So with this last sentence I will sign off and add some fun photos from the week here in West Yellowstone.
Super Fans from MN
Hanging with Grace in the starting pen before her race. She was so grateful she handed me my award at the podium ceremony!
Dedicated fans from Loppet Nordic Racing!!! Their cheering was incredible!

A great way to spend a little post race excitement! More local Minneapolis kids who came out to ski for the week and watched us race!
More soon...

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