Lienz

After the insane amount of Christmas food I managed to stuff my face with (in a short amount of time), I traveled down to Lienz for the GS. My belly is pretty sad about the recent decrease of good food, but I think it’s for the best! I race down the hill, I don’t roll…

So, Lienz… I ended 18th in the GS, not totally bad, but the hill and conditions was a challenge, so I’m happy about scoring some more points in GS since Beaver Creek! Nina did awesome and ended 9th!

Now we are getting some time to train and relax a little before the speed starts again in the beginning of January!

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Once upon a time in St.Moritz

The GS race here in St. Moritz was a bittersweet experience. I DNFed at the 3rd last gate after a really good run. I was actually 4th at the last intermediate, but as I’ve become such a dear devil and have itchy needs to push limits, I pushed it a little too much! Well, well…better to live on the edge, than never to have lived at all…or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. I didn’t even know I skied so well, cause I was too busy banging my head agains the wall, breaking poles and swearing to everyone that got in my way… Or something like that. Anyhow, when I did see the times, it’s a bittersweet feeling to ski so fast, but then fuck it up. You have to take the positives out of it and take all the confidence you can from that experience!

I decided to stay in St. Moritz after the World Cup to race the European cup speed races, and with that I would not be able to ski the downhill in Val D’Isere! I needed to get my downhill points down.. Not that I’m complaining about starting around the last 5 racers every DH race, but you know…it would help if I actually wanted to go for something better than a top 30 result! Well, you can say I got what I came for…with interests!!! I came 2nd in my first DH race, beaten by 1/100 of a second by the Canadian speed machine Larisa Yurkiw! She’s practically my teammate so that was a good day! Yesterday we had two races in one day: a DH and a SG… And just to brag big time… I won them both!! 😀
That was insane! I only have one podium in the EC from before and now I got 3 in 2 days! I’m super happy with that, obviously!!

After the race I traveled over to Val D’Isere since I’m gonna do the GS race on Sunday! I really hope I could continue where I left of in the GS from St. Moritz, but I’m gonna do my best and hopefully finish this time! Tune in on Sunday to see if I did my homework 😉20131219-155143.jpg

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St. Moritz: 10th place, best SG result

Yeeeehaaaa… Awesome day, ended 10th in today’s SG! I did not think that was gonna happen with some of my mistakes! You see….there was this blind gate (means you don’t see it before you’re practically there) a lot of people struggled with today. I was no exception to that. Coming towards it I was like:”I got this, I got this!” Coming over it, I was more like:” I don’t got it, I don’t got it”. Since I find mono skiing way much more fun than alpine skiing anyhow, I thought I might show you guys a trick or two. So.. As some of you guys might have seen on TV, I’m very talented to stand on one ski, and on top of that(!) I can make 90 degrees angles with my feet doing it! Beat that!

I wanna give a shout-out to Kajsa Kling today! She scored her first podium with finishing 2nd from bib#44! Kajsa you are amazing!

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Panasonicview.com: Lake Louise

Hey guys!

Since The 86th Acadamy Awards (The Oscars 2014) haven’t called me yet, I decided to give it another try by making another short video. The key word here being short… This minute long “teaser” is another sneek peek/behind the scenes and its from Lake Louise this time. Captured in its glory from the DH racees. Hope you enjoy!

DH race 1 = another top 30

I managed to just sneak in there and grab one pin! Ended 30th in today’s race. As I mentioned before, I think this course is a tough one to ski fast in. Anyhow, I should be happy: out of the two downhill races I’ve raced, I’ve taken points in both. THAT is way better than last year. It’s actually a 200% improvement….

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Lake Louise; where minus degrees comes to die…

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They warned me before I got here..- It’s gonna be like nothing you have ever experienced before…they were right.

That’s how my book would start; if I were to write one about this freaking cold, but beautiful place. I think the title for the book would be something like: Lake Louise: Where hell froze over…Not in my life have I experienced cold like this, and that’s saying something cause I’m from Norway; where vikings are born and raised in the snow.  We are supposed to be used to this.

If you are a racer I’m competing against tomorrow; forget what I said. I’m gonna wear my summer shorts tomorrow  and work on my tan!!! This is summer for us. I’m barely gonna wear anything under the suit tomorrow, that’s how we vikings do it!  BAM!!!
If you are not gonna race me tomorrow; I’m gonna put six other layer of clothes on, just to be safe… I obviously don’t wanna freeze to death.

The hill here is really cool! This is my first time here and I’m told not to beat myself up if I’m a little slow at the beginning. It takes some experience to ski fast here, but that’s just something me and my patience don’t have time for. I wanna be fast now! This course is probably the fastest one in the ladies WC with speeds well up in 130 km/h. My head knows that, cause every time I get to “Fishnet/Fall away” turn (THE turn you need to nail to make it go really fast)  there is an internal tug of war between the logical fear of death and the need to ski fast. People always ask me if I’m ever scared skiing downhill? Needless to say, I causally lie them straight in their face saying: -No.
You have to do that though. The thing is this: Yes, sometimes I almost shit my pants cause I think its scary, but I still do it!  I have to try at least and for every run I do, it gets a little bit less scary. If you don’t think you can do something before you even tried, you already lost. You have to believe you can do it, and you absolutely need to tell yourself you can!
Now I’ve done this for a couple of years now, but I am no where close to understanding all the power that I constantly play with. This course gives me a huge mental challenge as well as physical one; being seconds away from the 2 min mark. I have to be strong and handle the highest speeds I’ve ever had in a course before, while pushing the limit on what I’m comfortable with…. But then again, I like pushing the limit.

Bib#57 tomorrow! #underdog #attackfromtheback

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Panasonic video: Beaver Creek preparations

So I made this…Oscar worthy video the other day… Nothing big, but let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if I got a call from Steven Spielberg or Jerry Bruckheimer anytime soon.
Since the Cannes Film Festival apparently didn’t take in anymore foreign films for the moment, I would be happy if you guys would check it out and NOT write a bad review on IMDB.

Ever since the GS, me and my pink cloud have floated up to Lake Louise. We are now sipping champagne and enjoying the nice summer temperature that Lake Louise has to offer. Meaning, I’m trying not to lick the tempting icicle that hangs outside my bedroom, and I am putting on every layer of clothes I have with me. I now look like a 3 year old ready for playing in the snow every time I go outside. Arms sticking out to the side like a stick man drawing. So yeah, I guess you can say its real winter wonderland up here!

It’s the first training day for the DH here tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to that. I saw the guys race on TV on the flight over here and I let me just say, I know what I want from Santa this year…I think my letter is gonna start something like this:

Dear Santa

Have you lost weight? You look amazing by the way! I have been a good girl this year and my wish is pretty simple… Please let it be less bumpy here in Lake Louise then it was for the guys. And if you could have thrown in a bit warmer temperature and somewhat sunshine, I would not complain! 

You are the best Santa ever.

All the best
Ragnhild