Right now we are in Schonach, Germany home of the Schwarzwald Polka event as well as the Cuckoo clock. This town is pretty fascinating tucked away in the Black forest of southwest Germany. This has always been a fun place to come as thousands of German fans come out watch which always makes you go a little faster on the xc course with its great atmosphere. On tap for this weekend are a team event and one individual. With a great team with us here and I can’t wait to compete and represent USA again. I am excited to have Rookie Ben Berend with us as he is getting his first World Cup starts of his career. Ben is currently my roommate so I have seen first hand the progress and dedication that he has shown to get to where he is currently. Also side Ben and I, joining us are Adam Loomis and my brother Bryan.
Last night was New years obviously, but It has been a little different then some years for sure. Having arrived on the 30th of December in Schonach, we were all still fighting the jet lag to varying degrees. I was just falling asleep when the town was launching off some early fireworks. Their show was pretty fancy, but small in comparison to Steamboat Springs 4th of July show that is put on every year. Here the fireworks went on for an hour or more, so I decided to get up and watch them as it was only going to help me sleep in on our day off today. Finally around 1am they shut down and I was able to instantly fall asleep as I got to my room.
So far the season, hasn’t been what I was expecting. After a very tough 2013/2014 season, I was ready to for a strong start. This is something I felt like I could expect with the training throughout the summer, but expectations are something that I could certainly keep in check. I can say that I am in some great form on the cross-country side but I am still working on the jumping which is always an ongoing process even for the best of athletes. Last year I went from missing most of the qualifications to having 3 very good jumping results in a row with great chances at podiums. As I can’t expect to win right away, I will keep fighting and work toward my goal and think about the process I need to get there.
This year will be a little different. I am going to be staying in Europe for the rest of the season instead of traveling home whenever we get a chance. So when I said goodbye to Park City on the 29th that meant I wont be back until mid March after all the world cups. With this decision I am really going to be able to focus all my attention on getting my progress going and getting some great results. I am also excited to be going to a new venue and country. Sapporo, Japan is in a couple weeks and I have not been to Japan before and I am extremely excited to check it out. I have always heard great things about Japan and Sapporo and it will be fun to ski in a new place. After talking to a few of the Japanese, it really sounds like snow will be an issue but in the best way possible. A few of them have told me that it hasn’t stopped snowing from the time that it started!
Well now its time for dinner and I am hungry, but look for more updates every Thursday as we move through the season towards World Championships in Falun, Sweden! But Ill leave you with some new information, Our team USA Nordic Combined is now on twitter, so follow us so you can follow our wonderful journey at @USAnoco by just clicking the icon below!