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2011-03-26

What doesn't kill you....

  Hello to all ski lovers out there, itís my first blog and Iíll try not to bore you too much with it....so enjoy it...
 

    2010/2011 season is over now and I guess Iíll like to talk about all ups and downs and all the bad and (not so many) good decisions Iíve made in past few month, about ďgood livingĒ, and rolling big of Canadian National Ski Team at the Tour de Ski, excitement and experience of World Champs in Oslo, Norway.

    FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON....slow...

    Letís start with beginning of the World Cup season in Galivare, Sweden and  (very depressing for me) Kuusamo, Finland. Iím one of those all dogs that need a good, and I mean very good amount of hours on snow, before I can ski fast. Thatís why I usually skip these couple of early World Cups races of the season. I guess looking at youngsters such Devon and Alex, Iíve decided to give it a chance...turned out as  an ďEpic FailĒ. Not only I didnít race well but also screwed up my shape for the next races, just because there were not enough time for good training.
   Than was ďpretty goodĒ 17th place  (considering that ďEpic FailĒ from above) result for me in La Clusaz, France World Cup. I always like racing there, first of all, there some very serious climbing involved and a lot of it, and secondly itís pretty high altitude, about 1600 meters above the sea level .
    From there team moved to Davos, SUI for pre-Tour de Ski training camp. Svetlana and Sergey (my wife and son) visited me there for Christmas. Some great training + family time = Iím happy :)

     THE TOUR DE SKI.... WORLD CHAMPS....WORLD CUP FINALS....faster, but still slow....
    

     Canít say that I expected better result than 9th place overall at the last yearís Tour de Ski, but this time it didnít go my way at all. With some bad sprinting at the beginning and losing a ski during 20km Pursuit, but holding strong at the end, I finished it with 21st place in overall. Amazing job by Devon, winning a stage and medalling on couple more, as well as Alex by finishing pretty much all the stages in top 10. Well at least I had a chance to live a week like a Rock Star, riding a very nice tour bus between the stages. Yea Buddy...
    Very tired and not satisfied with my season so far, I got back to Canmore, and put the pedal to the floor with training for the 2011 World Championship in Oslo. Itís very hard to describe that atmosphere we had there, just going to say that was The Best skiing time in my life. Iíve never seen people so fired up about ski racing. Just imagine about 200 000 people, camping for two weeks out on the trails, and cheering us every day, thatís a spirit of skiing in Norway. Itís made it even more special when Alex and Devon became World Champions in Team Sprint relay. I personally, had my best (World Championship) 15th place in 30km Pursuit and 17th at 50km skate. Again not the best but Iíll take it.
    I found my shape in the end of the season, with 8th place at 20km Pursuit in Lahti, Finland, and having a couple solid ďtop 15Ē races at World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden. 

    So it wasnít my best season, but also not the worst one. It will just make me train way harder in upcoming summer.  What doesnít kill you, that makes you stronger, at least that what ďtheyĒ say.
    Also Iíll say ďBig RespectĒ to my friend George Grey, and thank you for all those days we spent at the many camps and races. You had an awesome career. Weíll miss you teammate. 
    Now Iíll have couple is week to rest and recover, and then back to the battle. Very excited about two things for now, first - itís a start of another soccer season, and second Ė my Wipeout Canada episode on TV on April 14th. But about that in my next blog. 

P.S. Huge THANKS to my friend Sergey Yermolayev for this website....

To be continued.....

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    Amazing Norvegian ski fans....
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    Sergey and me. Some hockey action in Davos SUI
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    Great Family Christmas time in Davos SUI
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    Devon "The Champ" and WolfMan (he might look scary, but he is a great massage therapist) on one of a kind Tour de Ski Bus
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    Tour de Ski. 20km Pursuit. That's when I lost my Salomon ski and found Fischer one. Weird Times....
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    George Grey panicking, when he realized that, it was he's last World Championship. Oslo, Norway. 

2011-03-19

The new website is online!

The new website was launched today. I hope you'll like it!




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