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2014-01-23

Almost there...

   Two thirds of the World Cup season is in the past and Olympic Games are upon us. I had some great and some not so good racing in the past few months, but itís normal, as we trying not to get in the top shape before February. Sochi is the main goal of this winter.
   Itís been a while since my last blog update, and I apologies for that. Season for me started well, I managed to score some World Cup points Kuusamo mini tour, finished just outside of the top 30 in Lillehammer, but after that I had very disappointing 30km skate race in Davos, place where I usually ski pretty well, not this time. Fortunately Justin (my coach) and I realized where we messed up and fixed it before Tour de Ski. That wasnít my best overall finish (16th) at the Tour but I was still satisfied with how it went and the way I skied.
   For the most of the places in Europe winter/snow situation has been pretty brutal. So far I would say 40% of the World Cup venues struggled with snow, some races was canceled or switched to a shorter race because of that, and of course brown snow doesnít look nice on TV. Our team managed to find couple of places with great if not perfect ski conditions for a training. Lenzerhide, SUI was one of the new locations, with great skiing, we discovered this year. Lenzerhide is just one valley further from Davos, place where we spend a lot of out winter time in Europe. Also whatís great about Lenzerhide itís less than 2 hours away from Zurich airport.
   After the Tour I went to relax and rest from skiing to London, England with my family. Loved that city. Definitely want to go back there again.
   Poland World Cup in Szklarska Poreba, went great for our team, we all skied very strong and had a lot of fun doing that. Alex won skate sprint, and three of us finished in top 10 at the 15km classic masstart.                                                                                                For our ten days pre-Olympic training camp we went to Italy, place called Seiser Alm, and itís fantastic in here. Tons of snow, a lot of sun and mountains around, altitude is just perfect to get ready for Sochi.
   Next two-three weeks would be very exciting and nerve wrecking. Coming into Olympics, for now, I have one main goal Ė to stay healthy during those two weeks, and the rest, I mean fitness, training and all the lead up to the games, I believe was done at the best possible level. Everything and anything I could have done to became a better skier, was done at my 100%.
   Iíll make sure to get as many pictures as I can during the Games, so stay tuned for a post-Olympics blog.
   Thanks for reading, and wish me luck! Most of the time LUCK makes all the difference at the end of the day.
   Back to Russia, with love.
:)
Ivan

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    Tour de Ski started in Oberhoff. Doesn't look like winter at all.
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    But then we got into Lenzerhide... they know skiing there. Kids downhill in the backyard. Whaaat.
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    Lenzerhide has a brand new venue for cross country and biathlon. I hope they would be hosting more World Cup races in the future.
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    Norwegian wax truck. 
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    This is our wax truck and a Tour bus.
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    I was pretty pumped to see my self on this year edition of the bus.
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    Devon, Alex and Dash. 
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    I was blown away by London. So much to see and experience. So much history.
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    and of course great to spent some time together. Miss you guys.
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    My son Sergey called it....Big Bang! :)
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    Seiser Alm....Looks at this...what else do you need to ski?
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    When it's THAT nice...you just don't want to stop skiing.
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    Skiing through the fog and very dirty/rocky snow at 15km classic masstart in Poland.



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