Updated on December 6, 2015
Goodbye Race Season – Hello Spring!
And what a great season it was! Our Women’s Team finishes off ranked 13th in the world which is good news. It means we have our full start quota of 4 women for next season and it shows a lot of potential considering how many new (and awesome!) young women joined our team at various points this season. My team mate Rosanna Crawford, who rocketed her way into the top 6 several times this winter, showed all of us what can be achieved with hard work and perseverance. Better yet, our men’s team was stronger than ever with the hightlight being Nathan Smith winning his first World Cup as well as a silver medal at World Championships.
As for me, I am back home and my season is officially over. Most seasons, this time of year sees me tuckered out, craving long lazy mornings and gladly packing my rifle and skis away – not to be seen for at least a 4 weeks. This spring, however, feels a little different.
Coming off the best season of my career, I am already thinking about next year! Imagining what parts of my ski technique I want to work on, thinking of all the different shooting drills I will do and dreaming of spring training and the long bike rides soon to come.
I ended this season ranked 37th despite having missed 2 World Cups (#7 due to illness and #9 due to lack of funding). I also had several personal best results with 4 top 15 performances and qualified for the first mass start races of my career. I realized partway through the season placing in the top 10 was not only possible, but realistic and it became one of my goals this season. I certainly came close: in one race I was less than a second away. But close doesn’t cut it! I am sure this is one of the factors giving me motivation for me next season – I know I can do it, and I want to prove it more than ever.
The main reason for my improvments this season was shooting. I started off this season with slightly up and down, but still great shooting results and over the course of the season delivered more and more consistantly until World Championships when I shot 90% or better for 5 races in a row.