Yo yo from Ornsköldsvik! Second day of racing here and lets be honest USA rocks. Black uniforms were flying out there on the course today eating up the track! The day started off with the women’s 5km freestyle followed by the men’s 10km freestyle race. It was a deceivingly challenging course with little rest, well suited for the skiers from the land of the free. Conditions were pristine with a side dish of ice and some speedy corduroy to top it off. American spirits were through the roof at the venue and the American flag evoked a strong feeling of patriotism and pride. Our boards were off the charts fast. We left large pools of water behind us on the course where our skis burned through the snow. Thank you to the coaches for their superb work on skis and cheering. Norwegian women were awed by the burly and handsome American men [editors note: this may be an exaggeration] and the Swedish boys stared endlessly at the beautiful American women. Without a doubt the most stunning team in existence. After the races we all came back to the Scandic hotel for an all team banquet and meeting. The food was phenomenal and everyone enjoyed themselves. We had a USA team meeting later and are all ready for the relays tomorrow. The races start early and will be killer. Its mullet time baby! Jack and Paddy. Out.
Its worth noting that Paddy absolutely rocked the socks off of today’s race- 8th place and only 34.2 seconds off the podium! These are the fastest people in the world in this age range, so that is a pretty serious result. We have been really happy with how everyone has been racing overall, and how positive these kids have made this experience in general! Parents and coaches back home are owed a huge thanks from us over here, now its off to bed before a new round of wax testing begins bright and early tomorrow morning. -Matt