Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lahti to France

Pat Casey and Matt Whitcomb in Lahti, enjoying the first sun we had seen for 3 weeks.

View of the stadium in Lahti.  This is used as a soccer stadium in the summer.  
Lots of seats for spectators!

And they filled them all....

View of the stadium and jumps.  The nordic combiners and special jumpers had competitions here while we did, so we got to watch Billy Demong win one day and the days events kept the crowd entertained for most of the day.

The biggest coffee mugs we have in our cabins here in Metabief, France!  Not big enough if you only fill them once.  

We are here for OPA Cup Finals this weekend.  It is a multi-day pursuit style race.  The way it works is tomorrow we have a skate sprint race.  The person who wins tomorrow will have a one minute time bonus on 30th place in tomorrow's 5K skate race.  The second place finisher will start 3 seconds behind the winner, third place 3 seconds behind second place, etc all the way until 30th place.  After that it is a mass start for the rest of the field.  Then, on Sunday, we will start again, same style, and race a 10K classic.  The winner is the person who crosses the finish line first at the end of the weekend.  Pretty awesome.  

Sunday, March 1, 2009


We are off to Lahti, Finland today for some World Cups this weekend.  Czech has been great, team spirit is high and we are fired up to keep the momentum going through the rest of the season.  More soon....

A shot of me skiing with Charlotte Kalla in the 30K....really fun!

Another 30K shot, both courtesy of Torin Koos.