Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
World Championships has come to a close meaning that the season is also coming to a close. Only four competitions left in the 2013 season. Though it can be easy to brush off the last four comps, I think last season proves the benefit of sticking it out with your head down. In the same breath, I cannot emphasize the importance of having fun too, I enjoy this part the season the most because athletes tend to relax a bit. They have either accomplished what they wanted or continue to work towards their goals, regardless they are smiling and that seems to remove the division between countries, leaving a group of people who enjoy partaking in the same sport. Reflecting on the season, everyone works together to find ways of improving the sport for the years to come. Not to mention is fun to reminisce on the classic instances of successes and failures alongside the athletes who were there with you.
Since I am already looking back, I guess it only makes sense to reflect on the championships. If you are a blog reader I am sure you are just about tired of each athletes reflection on the championships. Hopefully you can tolerate one more! Nonetheless looking back I have work to do. The Championships for me was pretty much split 50/50. I had a successful first week followed by a not so successful second week. Both weeks my jumping was not at the level I came into the championships expecting. Thankfully rather then accepting defeat I was able to make the best of it when it mattered most and because of that our team stepped up for a medal. That right there proves to me if you focus on the process the results always come. Nothing is given to anyone in this sport, and just because you get it once does not mean you will get it again, but with hard work and learning from experiences, it certainly increases your chances. Naturally since next year is the “BIG” year I will take what I learned from these championships and apply them to my training this summer. Hopefully that combined with a little bit of luck will help me win one of those Olympic medals! Val di Fiemme exceeded my expectations. As a whole the championships were a blast, our hotel was spectacular, the venues were in great shape, and the fans were abundant. These qualities certainly make my job easier and for that I am grateful! I also got to share this experience with several members of my family, which was a unique experience for me and for them, I was very happy to be able to show them the intimate details of competition on the road. Trust me it’s a lot easier to show in person then it is to show them in words and pictures while back home.
So what’s next?
In the immediate future I am hoping to finish the season strong. Like I previously mentioned a lot can be gained from these last comps. I cannot promise I will finish on the note I did last year but I am certainly going to try! Regardless I accomplished most of my goals this season and personally, I can finish the season with the pressure off and the next one in mind.
This week we are in Lahti, Finland for the “Lahti Ski Games” a favorite event of a lot of athletes. Our competitions are Friday and Saturday so the crowd will hopefully be large and in charge. Friday is an individual, and Saturday is a Team Sprint. GO USA! More to come next week!