Thanksgiving and race time: #54

As thanksgiving is a huge thing here in the states, I might as well use the time to say my thanks. A lot of people have helped me get to this point and I’m only moving forward! I’m really grateful for being able to love my job and I’m thankful for everyone who makes my life possible! My family, my friends, my team and everybody else that’s is, or have, supported me up to this point!
A special thank you to my sponsors; Brunvoll, Rossignol, Swix and Snowlife!


THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH!!!!!

I’m living my dream and I couldn’t have made it this far without any of you!

Tomorrow is race time and I’m running #bib 54, I’m super excited and I hope tomorrow is another day to be thankful for! 😉

#panasonicview

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Beaver Creek: First speed races of the season

20131126-145631.jpgIt’s been a while since the last update, a lot of reasons for that… Mainly because I been busy sipping champagne, eating caviar and working on my suntan… Or that’s what I want you to believe….

Well, in between my  last update and this one we have done a LOT of fun stuff! Firstly I should mention I got another podium in the GS with a 3rd place at the FIS races! Pretty happy about that one! So…after the intense training and race days in Copper we went down to the low land to rest and recover from skiing. It was awesome and exactly what we needed! I’m sorry to burst the bubble and say that we didn’t just have fun, we also had some good dry land training. Few days ago we got back and continued our skiing and was working on the last details for today!! As I’m fully aware that I’ve failed to mention, is that we now are in Beaver Creek, CO and we had our first downhill training in the NEW, I’m repeating; NEW, downhill course. (Open invitation to take a look at what I’m talking about on Friday)Now I’m not one of the few that never skied here before! Its new for everyone, and its a challenging one! As many of you will see on TV on Friday; it super technical, steep and turny…. BUT also tons of fun! It feels like everything is coming rally fast cause of the crazy terrain, and I’m repeating myself here; challenging¨. No time to relax! Since my FIS points in DH is pretty bad I start a bit behind, today I was #64. I thinks it gonna get better for the race, but with these conditions it really doesn’t matter!! Its soooooo good!

I ended 20th and Lotte 15th at the first training, and with that I still think we have a couple of things we need to work on. I doubt a lot had a good feeling skiing here today, but I think everyone can agree that it was fun! New training tomorrow so hopefully I can work my way up the ranking! 😉

You can check out the results here.

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Team Panasonic

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So…I have some cool news to share, I’m one of four athletes being a part of Team Panasonic for this upcoming Olympic season.

This is super cool!!!! We are gonna be blogging, taking videos and photos, and post all this on:

panasonicview.com

This page is already up and running so be sure to check it out! Both me and my fellow teammates are there already!
This is so awesome, and I really do hope you take the time to go take a look. Here you can learn about us and most importantly the awesome products that Panasonic has!!
The best part is that you can win a bunch of stuff…everything from cameras to TVs!

This is a Scandinavian thing though, so most of the interviews and text is in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or Finnish!

Ragnhild

First victory of the season

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Winning is always fun, no matter what you win! Today I won my first race of the 2013-14 season. It’s just a FIS race here in Copper, but there are also a lot of good racers competing here!
We had two super combined races; first of which Lotte won!! (She also won the SG run, beating all of us with a lot) and the second race I won! I’m super happy!!! What comes as the biggest surprise is actually the slalom runs; I think I won both of them! I was 4th and 6th after the SG so I know I skied well in the slalom! 🙂

Tomorrow is another GS race and I’m excited!

#panasonicview

Living the american dream

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I’m doing really well, thank you for asking! Since I got to the US I have been really busy experiencing the american dream, hence the poor updating on this site.
Most of the time I have been skiing, which is going good! I have been using waaaaay to much money on shopping since everything over here is almost free comparison to the Norwegian prices. I’m on the verge of personal bankruptcy. (If my mom and dad are reading this; I barely have used a cent; but…uhm… daddy send more money!) I have been eating a lot of good food, which basically translates to Mexican food….For breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Sometimes I have tacos for desserts as well) And I’ve been to Wallmart!!!! The holy store! I was soo stoked on seeing a Walmart for the first time that not only did I squeak out of pure joy and jumping up and down when I saw it, I also had to take a photo in front of it. There was a lot of puzzled looks from the normal american.

But the reason I now took the time to update is; 1. We have a day off… much easier to take the time to do this and 2. We have our second race of the season tomorrow!!! We are skiing some FIS races; SC, SG and GS. Which is gonna be awesome. Copper has one of the best hills I’ve ever skied and I’m having a blast skiing down here. Since I’m (about)7 hours away from Europe, you guys have a chance to stay updated on how we (Me and Lotte) are doing. You can log on to http://data.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/calendar.html
and click on Copper Mountain to check on us. Since this is just a FIS race, you can not see our happy faces on TV, but that comes soon enough when we go to Beaver Creek!

Anywho… I gotta go eat some tacos…
Peace out!

#panasonic

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First time in US

Long time no speak, maybe you guys thought I got a life… sipping champagne, eating caviar while hot supermodels was feeding me grapes….
Yup, that’s what I’ve been doing. That and being curled up at home licking my not-so-hurtful-wounds from Sölden.
Either way being at home for a couple of days was amazing, but that bubble burst quickly when I also had to go back to Oslo to do some physical test… Testing is not my favorite thing to do in this world. It’s on the same level as crawling through a sewage pipeline without diving goggles or a nose clip, but somebody’s gotta do it… Then again, the feeling after the test are done can be compared to Christmas and your birthday stuffed with fairy dust and a magic unicorn at the same time. So you take the test.
I did ok, increased my max leg strength which was good. I can now honestly say that I can squat Santa Claus!!! 😀 Which can come in handy as my evil plan if I don’t get what I want for Christmas…But now I’ve totally trailed of what I was going to talk about!

As the headline applies, this is my first time in the land of dreams. I’ve only been once in Canada (JWC in Quebec last year), so my knowledge of this side of the pawn and promised land is pretty low. Except all I’ve seen on TV….which is A LOT!!! So I have tons of expectations…

US is for me, the place I’ve always wanted to go, but never had the chance! Before now!!! So you can understand I basically bounced up and down in pure joy, the kind that kids at age 5 does, as we touched down in Denver. I don’t think anyone has been so stocked to see a JCPenny store, a Walmart or a Target store before.

For sure I’m gonna take a lot of photos, but since I was practically a zombie in pre-menstrual state yesterday after the flight, so taking photos was not my first priority…

Gonna keep you posted if its as good as everybody says.