Just finished the first race of the ’12/’13 season, The Ostersund, Sweden Mixed Relay Event. After an hour or so of heavy fog, the stadium cleared up just in time and the field was able to zero and get ready for the race start. Although it definitely wasn’t the US’s best Mixed Relay performance, I think it was a solid start to the season and a good way to prep for the upcoming races starting with the Individual on Wednesday.
The course was fast, transformed, corn snow, which broke up a little bit as the race went on but which held up reasonably well considering the warm wet conditions that have prevailed here over the past two weeks. Today was really the first time I felt anything close to winter weather as I skied around this course.