Welp, that’s a wrap on racing for the season, folks.
My races in Park City, Utah are over and with the announcement of the 2014 Olympic Skeleton team named (CONGRATS Noelle, Katie, John, Matt & Kyle!), my competitive season is complete.
The Park City races were up and down for me, and were pretty crazy overall. The 2002 Olympic track is considered a gliding track, and the athletes who are able to find their rhythm and do the least amount of work during their run will generally go the fastest. I struggled during training to find that rhythm and was overdriving- not a surprise coming from Whistler where you attack every corner to prevent it from picking you up and spitting you out- usually on your side.
I placed 13th in the first race (in keeping with this year’s theme, dug myself a hole first run that I needed to come back from) and placed 9th in the second race. Our second race turned into a one-heat race after crazy snow/wind conditions made for an unfair first heat. Six sliders took their first run, with times differing by 2-3 seconds, which is unheard of. So they scratched the first heat and the women took only one run.
So what’s next?
I returned home after Park City for some R & R (which naturally I got sick right away…my body is on point in knowing when it’s allowed to shut down!) and I’ll be back up to Lake Placid, NY in February to continue training and sliding through March, when I’ll compete in Nationals.
Because I always endeavor to be honest, I shoot you straight: I’m pretty bummed. I set out on this season with some big goals and I’m disappointed I didn’t achieve them. I feel as though in some ways I’ve let my friends, family and supporters down by failing to accomplish my Olympic goal for this season.
I’m trying not to let this disappointment negatively affect my perception of the season, as I have a lot to be proud of. I trained hard over the summer and rehabbed my hamstring in a short amount of time. I PR’d on every single track I visited this year, both in downtime and in push. I finished the season as USA 4, finished 10th on the ICC tour did everything within my power to succeed– and in the grand scheme of things, I did. Unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to make the 2014 Olympic roster.
A giant thank-you goes out to everyone who watched, texted, tweeted, prayed and who supported me this year. The list is endless and I feel so special and so, so loved. Your support is one of the most special parts about competing for the USA in this sport.
So for now, I’m enjoying some family time at home (and I’m planning a trip to visit this little guy off to the right!) before it’s back to the grind and planning for this summer and for the next season. You better believe I’ve got my sights set on 2018…