World Championships is underway with last night's mixed relay. It was a mixed bag for me, with great skiing and mediocre shooting, but it was a good way to find my race legs again and get psyched for Saturday's Sprint race. Having to use 5 extra rounds didn't set the team up very well, but my team had an overall solid day, finishing 13th. Feeling so good on skis gave me confidence going into tomorrow, and hopefully the shooting will go a bit smoother!
Opening Ceremonies in the stadium.
Out on course in Khanty.
Siberia has been fun so far. Warmer than anticipated weather and sunny days have allow us to really enjoy the World Championships atmosphere. While this definitely isn't Central Europe and far from the US, the differences aren't too stressful. Military presence around the whole venue is perhaps the most obvious change, but for the most part the guards are friendly, even stopping me on my ski today to ask to take a picture together!
A beautiful (and huge!) Russian Orthodox Church just down the road from our hotel.
A view over Khanty-Mansyisk...then out to the Siberian tundra!
The adventure continues with the Sprint and Pursuit races this weekend. I'm looking forward to both-hopefully my luck from Maine has followed me almost halfway around the world!
I am a Boise, Idaho native currently living and training at both the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York and in Anchorage, Alaska. I graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2007 and moved to Lake Placid to begin training as a member of the US Biathlon Team. I made my first Olympic Team in 2010, and placed a season's best 34th in the Individual race. In the 2010-2011 season, I finished a personal-best 14th in the Presque Isle, Maine World Cup and ended the season ranked 34th in the world. In the 2011-2012 season, I had another top finish with a 15th place in the World Cup Sprint in Kontiolahti, Finland. I have been a member of the US World Championship Team for the past 3 years, and as one of the top US women, will again compete on the World Cup circuit in 2013-2014. This year, my goal is to qualify for the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia which will take place in February 2014.