It’s been a long road, but I finally put together a race that I’m proud of at the Olympics. Thanks to the entire US Biathlon staff for all the hard work over the years, especially these last four leading into Sochi. It’s one thing to train hard, it’s another to train hard with the best guidance and support in the world! Since I don’t have any pics from last night’s race, I’m going to put up one that puts everything in perspective, courtesy of the Goodsell Museum in Old Forge, NY. Now, on to the Mass Start!
It’s Friday in Sochi and just hours away from Opening Ceremonies. Unfortunately, due to our rave schedule, I’ll be sitting of the opening, reasting my legs, and getting ready for Saturday’s Sprint! Looking forward to watching it all unfold from up here on the mountain. The pic is from the Olympic rings perched above the cross country stadium.
It’s Wednesday here in the Olympic Village and another beautiful, sunny, clear day in the Russian mountains. The village is starting to fill up with more athletes now as different teams make their entrance. The venue and shooting range has felt a little empty over the past couple of days as a lot of the teams haven’t arrived yet. I’m guessing today’s training will be a little busier.
As far as training goes, the venue is beautifully prepared and the tracks are in great shape. They made a few changes to the design after last year’s world cup – namely a restructuring of the first downhill hairpin corner. Last year, the corner was unbanked and extremely difficult to get around on race skis. Almost 30% of the world cup field crashed at some point during the World Cup races! This time around, they’ve banked the turn and made the approach a little more gradual coming into the curve. Overall, the 3.3km Sprint course is challenging but a great course. Below you will find a few pics from yesterday. From top to bottom: Panorama of Endurance Village and lower part of Cross-Country course (click on the picture and zoom in to see the full-size image), Tim Burke and Russell Currier wait for the transportation shuttle outside our chalet, my Ralph Lauren Team USA apparel, an ice sculpture outside the dining hall.
Here’s a few shots from the Sochi Olympic village where I’ll be staying for the next few weeks. We arrived in Sochi yesterday morning, after team processing in Munich. The flight was fairly uneventful and after 4 hours, we were landing in the Olympic City. After a few stops and security checks, a few bus rides and a gondola ride, we found ourselves nicely situated on top of the mountain where all of the biathlon and cross-country events will take place over the next three weeks.
A few of our wax technicians paying homage to the Ski Gods!