|Beautiful ski at Moraine Lake Rd. in Lake Louise with Emily Nishikawa.|
I know I have been to Europe a number of times before and even raced in a number of World Cups in the past...but for some reason this year feels different. I think the biggest difference is that I usually have a really solid start to the year and by the time I have qualified to compete in Europe I am a bit tired and not at my best anymore. The tough part is qualifying to get to Europe and still saving some in the tank to perform well again and again over here!
That being said, these are by far the hardest World Cups of the year with over 100 athletes starting sometimes. The fields are not only big but they are also deep, with many of the host nations bringing a large contingent of highly competitive athletes just off the National or World Cup team who are still plenty fast!
My last day in Canmore was filled with waxing and packing! I have a lot of new Madshus skis this year and I made a huge effort to put as much wax as possible in them so that they were ready to race once I got to Europe!
|Beautiful View from the Wax Cabin #5 we rented all month.|
|My awesome Madshus fleet!|
|Team Gregg is psyched to have amazing support from Toko. We usually start with warm soft (like NF red and NF Yellow) waxes to saturate the bases and then add the LF Toko Blue to harden the bases up and get them ready for early season dry cold snow!|
|Skis are looking nice and shiny.|
|I was able to put multiple layers in all my skis and zero (same wax on all) each pair before I left. This was how much wax I had left at the end of my month on Frozen Thunder!|
|Olympic Biathletes Rosanna Crawford (Chandra's sister) and Brendan Green with myself (missing Brian) all represent Vector 450, a supplement to help build immunity.|
|We are going to miss each other this next month!|
|My new friends from China and Finland on the flight to Helsinki.|
|The rooms in our Cabin at Olos are very comfy and warm.|
|The ski tracks are right outside my bedroom window.|
|Reese wondering how his bag drawstring got caught through the whole in his tip???|
Fasterskier did an article about me heading to the opening World Cups too. You can read it here.
Also, if you didn't know I like to spend my time drawing...you can see how I put it to use when working with the kids at the Jerry Gamble Boys and Girls Club.
|Face paint medium!|
|The requested Yoshi was a big hit!|