A day of rest, some ski testing and final race preparation training sessions lay ahead the next few days before the first competition Wednesday evening, under the lights, that will kick off the 09/10 season.
Travel from home to Ostersund was smooth and easy. Unfortunately, I arrived to little snow and weather only a tad bit cooler than our recent warm November weather. Reserved snow from last season has helped to thicken the snow base on the race course and skiing is supposably OK. Regardless, it is nice to be back in Sweden, now a quite familiar place, and in final preparation for the upcoming competitions. Photos and more to come.
100 Days to Vancouver - In between finishing a camp in Utah and returning home to Placid, I took a quick trip to New York City last week to help promote and celebrate the Olympics with fellow winter Olympic sports, Manhattan school kids, the US Olympic Committee and the media.
Local kids, and anyone passing through Rockefeller Center, learned about biathlon from USBA staff, athletes and Concept2 - SkiErg staff.
They watched us shoot the laser biathlon rifle after poling on the double-pole machine to get our heart rate up.
Then, cheered for every hit!
Afterwards, it was their turn - nearly 300 of them all circulated through USBA's booth, as well as skated on the ice at Rockefeller Center, watched aerialist do tricks on the trampolines and even gave luge a try on the luge start ramp.