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Family <3

The holidays are one of my favorite times of year because I get to go to Germany and see all of my family, most of which I see once a year at most. This holiday I was lucky enough to see everyone person in my family and even some of my friends. Especially this year, seeing family was more important than ever. I was fortunate to be able to see my grandfather twice before he unexpectedly passed away. Even when he was ill, he kept on smiling and making jokes as he always did. He lived a long, full, and happy life and I now know he is pain free now. As hard it is to say goodbye to someone you love, but I am going to cherish all of the good memories I have with him and celebrate his life.

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My grandparents and uncle came to see me last year at one of my races in Germany. I will never forget that.
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Family photo last year.
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Rest in Peace Opa. Keep smiling and laughing up there. Love you ❤

On the positive side, the rest of my family is happy and healthy and keeps on growing with more kids being added on. I got to spend a quality 2 weeks with family enjoy my favorite holiday activities, shown in photos below.

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Christmas market Glühwein with family and friends!
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A big kiss for my sister under the big Christmas pyramid! 
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My favorite city and Christmas market ❤
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Dinner with family friends.
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Singing Christmas songs.
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Holiday treats, yum :p
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Catching up with my one of my friends.
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My cousins once removed and my cousin playing around.
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My sister and our cousins once removed 🙂
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Annual family photo.
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Post ski treats with my sister.
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Watching my friend play basketball on live TV!

This year there was more snow during the holidays than there has been in a long time! I went on some epic adventure skis with my family from Germany into the Czech Republic and I also got in some good training sessions on the man made loop on the race course.

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Yup, that is me falling on face hard…who is the real skier here??

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A beautiful day for intervals!
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My sister striding like a pro.
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My dad trying out his new L.L. Bean hat with a built in headlamp on a night ski.
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Family photo…probably the only family photo of the year.
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Sunset ski.
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Yes, we were very excited.

 

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Icy morning selfie. 

I am now at U.S. Nationals in Utah. I will post a blog shortly recapping the week of racing out here!

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Good sister time ❤
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We brought home a whole bag of the good stuff 🙂

-JKern


Smile. It makes your eyes sparkle.

Early Season Recap. … More Smile. It makes your eyes sparkle.

A game of “follow the leader”.

*Although this blog is a little past due, I wanted to give a little recap on the U.S. Ski Team training camp out in Park City two weeks ago during my study break. Some of my biggest role models in skiing are my teammates. One of the most incredible things for me is not only … More A game of “follow the leader”.

Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency.

These past 5 weeks my motto has been efficiency, not just in one area of life, but all of them! Efficiency: 1.The state or quality of being efficient, or able to accomplish something with the least waste of time and effort; competency in performance. 2. Accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort. 3. The ratio of the work done or energy developed by a machine, engine, etc., to the energy supplied to it, usually expressed as a percentage. Part 1: School I am exactly at the half way point of my fall term at Dartmouth, with 5 weeks left until the term ends. As I walk though … More Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency.

The Last Hurrah!

The last hurrah before school starts!… More The Last Hurrah!

Back in Action

After several weeks of no improvement, I have felt a sudden improvement in my symptoms. I am really bummed that I have to miss the New Zealand on snow training camp right now, but I very happy to be feeling much better and that I am able to start training again! My teammates Annie and… More Back in Action

The Other Things

When training is in full swing, it is hard to fit in some of the other things I really enjoy doing because they happen to be other sports that require energy and time that I cannot spare. However, I am still on hold for any real ski training due to an unknown illness so I have… More The Other Things

All the Feels.

Contrary to the negative connotation that the word “emotion” carries, I believe emotion is a good thing. Bryan Fish (my U.S. Ski Development coach) once said, “regardless of what you decide to pursue, it should evoke emotion“. His presentation was eye opening to me because it was spot on! Often times people see emotion as a weakness,… More All the Feels.

“Storms make trees take deeper roots”

As I was watching the Olympics last night, this quote resonated with me: “Storms make trees take deeper roots”. I repeated the quote in my mind a few times and then the meaning stuck with me. The more adversity the tree encounters, the deeper the roots take, and the stronger the tree grows. I immediately… More “Storms make trees take deeper roots”

Switching roles

I arrived back at Stratton to an action packed scene. BKL (little kids) camp was wrapping up and SMS Junior Camp was kicking off. We also had a ski club from Sweden here for the week training with us which was super cool! Instead of being an athlete this week, I was a coach at… More Switching roles