Foret Montmorency GRP camp, times 2

My team (the Craftsbury Green Racing Project) ventured north into Quebec in late October and early November, to take advantage of saved-and-rolled-out snow at the Foret Montmorency. We spent Monday through Thursday of two consecutive weeks at “the Foret”, returning to VT in between to compete in the Nensa Elite rollerski race at Trapps. Continue reading “Foret Montmorency GRP camp, times 2”

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Clean Sport – it’s important!

Hi, sorry everyone for putting up this post with a broken link! Oops! I checked it and discovered that you probably couldn’t see any of the content that I was trying to share…

Really I was trying to send you over to my Facebook athlete page: https://facebook.com/caitlinpattersonskier where I posted a comment on the recent IOC anti-doping decision. I’m bringing my Facebook athlete page into a higher level of activity as we head into winter, so if you’re interested in a wider range of updates, please consider following me there.

Here’s my comment:

“With 100 days to go until the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, the IOC has disqualified two Russian men from the 2014 Olympics and barred them from competing in future Olympics. I’ll be keeping an eye on this story as it develops further, and as the outcome of other related trials are released. It’s disturbing to find out that some athletes in cross-country skiing have likely doped, and have gone so long unpunished. But it reminds me that we must be vigilant, keep looking for ways to support anti-doping testing programs, put pressure on governing bodies to take a stand for clean sport, educate ourselves on progress and pitfalls of the cause, and speak up when we can.
I haven’t spoken much on this politicized topic, but recent news such as this disqualification makes me distinctly aware of how much I value clean sport and all it stands for.
Thank you IOC for taking this step towards preserving clean sport! Let’s keep it going, keep the pressure on, and fight to #CompeteClean and #PlayTrue!
If you haven’t yet, watch Icarus and visit https://fairsport.org/.
I’ll keep looking for ways to support clean sport, and I hope you will too.
#wada #McClarenReport

Linking to this Fasterskier article: http://fasterskier.com/fsarticle/ioc-sanctions-legkov-belov-doping-sochi-rules-2018-olympics/

Within the past few weeks, another 4 Russian athletes have been suspended by the IOC — and yet because FIS (the international ski federation) has not made their own ruling, at least one of these suspended athletes has been competing in early season races!

Link to Facebook post:

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Training life in mid-June

Last week was a fairly standard summer training week for me in Craftsbury, but that’s not to say it’s boring or without unexpected (and expected) challenges. I realized that if I ever want to write “this is not what I usually do,” in future posts, I might need to outline my idea of usual. Continue reading “Training life in mid-June”

Reflections and the World Cup

It’s a tricky line of work to be in, this professional ski racer business. At the end of the day, we’re judged primarily on the quality of the racing results we produce as individuals, simple numbers on a page of exceptional athletes. Are results always a true reflection of the work done by racer and support staff, the process of getting to the present moment, the potential of a given individual? Continue reading “Reflections and the World Cup”

Pretty much Russian Championships, in Saariselka

Week two of my season-starting excursion to Northern Finland took Ida, Pepa and me to Saariselka, Finland. It’s a nice little town way up north, somewhat of a resort town for alpine skiing. During the heart of the winter apparently there are hundreds of kilometers of cross-country skiing trails, but since we’re here at the beginning of the winter, there is only a maybe 7-8k out-and-back segment of trail with manmade snow that has reliable skiing. It won’t be long until they open all the other trails around here, because it just keeps snowing, flurries all day and a considerably accumulation overnight! Sunday morning after the races Ida and I even got out onto the tourist trails which had great natural snow and grooming. Continue reading “Pretty much Russian Championships, in Saariselka”