Today I got off to a great start, shooting clean in prone, and then I missed 3 in standing and my chances of making the pursuit (top 60) went out the window. I ended up 67th, just 12 seconds out of the top 60.
The good news is I skied significantly faster than I have since World Cup 1 in November, so I actually would have made the pursuit if I had shot 80% or better. I have shot 80% in the last three sprint races but unfortunately I couldn't pull that off again today. To put things in perspective, even if I had hit 10/10 at World Cup 3 in December, I would not have finished in the top 60 because I was skiing so slowly. And yet at World Cup 1 in Novemeber, I hit 10/10 and finished 16th because I was skiing so fast. It is a mystery as to where the ski speed went, but I can only hope that now it is coming back! Then I can put all the puzzle pieces together.
We have a women's relay on Sunday morning, and then I fly back to the US on Monday. I will find out after this weekend whether I have qualified for the next two World Cups, which will be held in Canmore, Alberta (CAN), and Presque-Isle, Maine (USA).
|Joanne and I with a young Russian fan.|
|Following a Czech skier on the first lap of today's sprint.|
|Another crazy Russian fan!|
|The Tyrollean hot chocolate (pudding!) is so delicious I eat one every day.|
|This is the view from our hotel, overlooking the Antholzersee. Yes, it's true.|
|A great place for a walk or a ski.|