Hello. This is my blog where I write anything and everything about my observations, obsessions and ordinary things, too. I travel the world because I'm a ski racer. I experience life as a girl in her twenties. And I try to document it all to help me stay in the moment.
July 24, 2013
More updated status update
It’s difficult to nutshell how my summer has been.I’ve had a few firsts.. like looking at
a budget sheet for what it costs to prep for a competitive ski season.And my first time living in Toronto.First time changing from sweaty gym
clothes into a tight dress and heels in a car.But the part that’s most practiced, and not a ‘first’ at
all, is going full tilt towards my biggest passion.. skiing fast.
On April 4th, I received an email saying that there would be
no solution… this was regarding my ski career going further on with the
Canadian Alpine Ski Team. I read
this email in Mexico eating fruit and yogurt for breakfast, waiting for a
deep-sea fishing tour. My friend
and I were sitting with two Finnish people we had just met and they,
immediately, saw my heart on the table.. with the fruit and yogurt.
Now it’s July 23rd and I’m writing from Zermatt
where I’m 6 days into my first on-snow camp of 2013-2014. I’m grateful for so many things. Mostly, I’m grateful that it’s
working. I’ve worked very hard in
the gym and very hard outside the gym during the past few months in order to be
both fit and financially supported.
I have broadened my network of Team Larisa believers and hired a coach
for my first two camps. This coach
is a godsend. Kurt Mayr was my
coach last season and, with the collapse of the women’s speed program, was out
of work. Before a cent came in to
fund this season, he was already working tirelessly to organize every detail of
a World Cup ski racer’s needs. He doesn’t have hair but he has a great
heart. I’ve never felt so focused
and intense with a coach’s full attention while completely enjoying myself.
Cold tubbing in the glacial river
Lanes of gate training with a heavenly view
Staying active on days off
Soon, I will introduce my sponsors that have made everything
possible… everything from the outfit that made me look more presentable walking
into an office of a 10 billion dollar company to the wax ironed into the bases
of my skis.
Please stay tuned because Team Larisa is getting bigger each
week and it will be exciting for me to share.
With that said, if anyone would like to follow my progress
or help my progress towards my fundraising goal, please visit any of the