The view from Ostersund Biathlon stadium at sunset. Ostersund, Sweden.
After a great summer of training in Lake Placid, I find myself back in Ostersund, Sweden, sight of last season’s World Championships. For this year’s late summer camp, the coaching staff decided to send us directly to Ostersund rather than put us in Solleftia, Sweden as they did last year prior to the Ostersund camp.
Saving Snow. The Ostersund organizing committee stockpiles snow under a layer of sawdust as a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate for the Ostersund World Cup in November.
It has been a great first week of training although I can’t say I was entirely prepared for the drop in temperature. I left Lake Placid in a T-shirts and shorts on a 75-degree day – Ostersund has been in the 50’s most of this week! But the training has been good and I’m looking forward to next week when we will be competing against some of the best biathletes in the world at the Swedish Summer Championships. Should be fun!
On stage with Stacked Deck at Otis Mt. (From left to right) Larry Stone, Julie Robards, Donnie Perkins, Russ Mulvey, Me, John Doan.
Aside from training, I’ve had the chance to play a lot of music over the last few months. I’ve played a mix of solo gigs and gigs with a few different acoustic bands. One of the high points of my summer was playing at the Otis Mountain Music Festival in Elizabethtown, NY on August 12. I played mandolin in the band, Stacked Deck, a bluegrass group that is just getting off the ground. We were the only relatively local band in the festival. Some of the other bands came from as far away as Australia so it was a real treat to see world-class musicians in my own backyard. Hope you are all well and thanks again for checking out the site!
Back stage before the show. (Clockwise from left) Me, John Doan, Larry Stone.
Happy to be back in Ostersund!