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Friday, October 30, 2009

The flame has arrived!

I just woke up this morning and saw that the Olympic flame will arrive in Canada today. It didn't seem that long ago when the Olympics were here in Utah but that was eight years ago! This brought back so many memories. I was fortunate enough to be a support runner for the 2002 Games the day of the Opening ceremonies and was able to hold the torch for a brief moment. (I will try and track down some pictures.)
Reading about the flame just fired me up! (no pun intended) The Olympics are close! It is an exciting time, the energy is building and winter sports enthusiasts are getting excited.
It is going to be an interesting year for the US Men's Speed team. We have eight guys who are capable of not only making the Olympics but in my opinion being Medal contenders, if they ski to their potential. We have three World Cup winners on our team, four who have podiums, six who have top fives, eight who have top 10's. I don't know if I can say it's the deepest team ever, but I can say that pretty good and it is going to be a battle this season just to qualify for the Olympic team.
I have a long way to go with just getting cleared to ski but I am feeling a lot better than I have in a while. My back feels fantastic and my knee is still tender but it is feeling the best it has since my crash in Wengen. I head off to Colorado November 1st and will start my on snow progression, slowly making sure my knee can handle what I give it.
Reading about the Olympic flame has me excited. So we will see what Colorado has in store.


P.S. I going to start blogging once again. I took a nice break through the summer but I am going to try and be more consistent so keep checking in.