My job has it's privileges. Medal ceremony VIP stage access. My parents and sister are in the crowd somewhere.
We were treated to a nice dinner in a small cottage halfway up the Ski Jump hill. Not a chance I would try that sport. Really impressive.
Dream car in Ostersund, Sweden airport
Before the World Champs Kikkan and I spent two weeks in Vålådalen, Sweden training. A really great ski history here and you can feel it in the main building.
Our one completely sunny day in Vålådalen. It was -17c. By midnight it was 0c and +3 c the next day and raining. Crazy weather for there.
Despite -17c it made for a beautiful ski.
Original cabin in Vålådalen from the 1920s.
Very unique sprint event in Ostersund, SWE. The final World Cups before the World Champs. They pushed snow up the grandstand and through the access tunnel so the athletes went right through the crowd.
Second night in Falun, SWE for World Champs marked the beginning of Carnival which is celebrated in I believe just German speaking parts of Europe but I really have no idea. Regardless it was time to get my lederhosen out again and they had an extra hat for me.
Wooden plates for dinner for a very traditional Swedish meal. No dishwashing here! But great kindling for the next fire.
A huge herd of Reindeer on the drive from Ostersund to Falun. Probably around 40 animals These are the stragglers from the group.
One more week here in Sweden, then a week in Finland followed by a week in Norway and then back over the Atlantic to Sun Valley, Idaho for a week and then to Anchorage. I have no idea where the winter went. I feels like it should be only half over, but sleeping in our bed at home does feel like a distant memory.