Wednesday, December 08, 2004

'twas the night before slalom...

I've come under fire from certain quarters lately for the preponderance of ski-related material on this page. So in order to appease those readers who are here in search of less athletic fare, here are your daily non-ski-related tidbits:

Today we had a pretty easy day, skiing at Breckenridge with some of the people in the learn-to-race program. In the afternoon we went to the local elementary school and talked to kids about our team. Nick and I were assigned to a kindergarten class. They had lots of questions for us, mostly about what it's like to live in a wheelchair. Nick's favorite question was from a little boy who asked, "What is disabled?"

Tomorrow is our first race of the season, a slalom in Breckenridge. Yesterday in team time trials at Vail, I was consistently second among monoskiers. In first place was the man everyone wants to beat, Chris Devlin-Young, age: almost 43. (Huh, while searching for that last link I stumbled across my own bio on the U.S. Ski Team website. Not bad.) I'm optimistic heading into tomorrow, although right now it's snowing hard outside my hotel room window. That means the course tomorrow will probably be really soft with lots of ruts. We're supposed to get even more snow tomorrow and the next day, when we race giant slalom.

By the way, you can check out the full results of these races here, once they get around to posting them.

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