Well, it only took about 4 weeks for the hate mail to start coming in. Fortunately, my last post was about my daily schedule and everybody was forgiving. (for those that asked, yes, that really is our schedule.)
So, through popular demand, I’ve decided to make a commitment to write once a week during the season updating my life, my racing, and the team in general. It’s the least I could do. It’s not like I’m trying to take over the world or anything. (or am I?)
Alright where was I? Oh yeah, kickin’ some ass is where I was!!! Since our last encounter, I’ve pretty much scared the living shit out of the Germans. My last post was on November 15; I had yet to compete in the World Cup season. Well, here is the short version, after 5 of 8 races I’m ranked 1st in 2-man, 2nd in 4-man, and 1st in the combined. The actual results were: Calgary 2nd and 5th; Park City 2nd and 6th; Lake Placid 2nd and 7th; Cortina 1st and 1st; Igls 4th and 1st. So as you can see its going well.
This week (and next) we are in St. Moritz, Switzerland. One of the best stops on tour, and my favorite track. Its also the location of the 2007 World Championships. Tonight I’m writing this after the conclusion of the 2-man race. I finished 4th. Not too bad. Wait, its F***ING GREAT! My best finish in a Championship series (World Championship or Olympic Winter Games) before today was 14th in 2-man; that was last year at the Olympics. My best finish in the World Championships is 18th. So, as you can see 4th is pretty damn good. I made a few mistakes throughout the competition and kept us from getting a medal, but I can’t be too hard on myself. I’ve never been in such a high pressure situation so I’m pleased with my performance. Plus, I need the practice.
We have the day off tomorrow so I’m pretty excited. Its been a while since I have been able to just wake up and not do a damn thing. Its not often in the winter months that I can do that. After that we have a few days of 4-man training , then the race. I think we have a great shot to do well. We’ll definitely have a great start. The sled is really fast, all I have to do is point it in the right direction and we’ll come out on top. Unfortunately that’s much easier said than done, but I’ll try and keep you updated on how that goes over the next few days.
Oh, and please stop with the hate mail.