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Little Fish, Big Pond

A little fish in a big pond—that is what it felt like when I jumped into Period 1 of the World Cup, which arguably are some of the most competitive World Cups all year. They don’t call us youngsters the “little gupps” for nothing! I took the big leap to the next level and right off the bat, I was blown away by how fast the skiers on the World Cup are. I immediately had expectations and set result goals even though I was told these races were for gaining experience and learning. It wasn’t until someone reminded me that my teammates who have been crushing it this season, were in the same place as I am now a few years ago. Normally, people don’t jump in and start winning right away, it takes racing and experience over time to gradually work your way to the top.

So what was it like in the big pond? Here are some of my favorite experiences, takeaways, and lessons learned.

  • Teamwork makes the dream work.
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Team cheer (PC: Reese Brown).
  • There is no 99%. Every tenth of a second counts.
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    Pain face = game face (PC: Reese Brown).

     

  • Learn as much as you can from your teammates, coaches, and from personal experiences. Mistakes are the best way to learn.
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    I sent it 100% on the downhill in training before the race and fell. Luckily I got my crash out of the way during training (PC: Reese Brown)!
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    Veteran Kikkan giving us her advice…and she ended up 3rd the next day! (PC: Reese Brown)

     

  • My teammates are quite speedy!
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Sadie and Jessie charging to 3rd and 6th in Lillehammer! 
  • Afternoon and evening walks/jogs are one of my favorite things to do on the road. You get to see the surrounding area, shake out the legs, and get some fresh air.
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Strolling down the main street in Lillehammer.
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I got caught in the middle of a Christmas Tree lighting parade!
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On a walk with Jessie on a beautiful sunny day in Davos!
  • Having a lot of snow in Europe is very nice (and also rare now a days). I got to go on some incredible long skis through a winter wonderland ❤
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Skiing with Ida on freshly groomed double track in Davos.
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Rock solid tracks in Austria with lots of sunshine and beautiful mountains.
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Following Sophie on our ski back from the venue that lead us right to our hotel door! 
  • Sunshine is limited in the winter, especially in Scandinavia…so you have to cherish every moment in the sun.
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Stopping to enjoy the sunrise/sunset in Lillehammer.
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Bluebird day in Davos ❤
  • It is not always serious on the road…it is mostly just fun and games really!
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Practicing our dance. Keep your eye out for the U.S. Ski Team video coming out soon! (PC: Reese Brown).
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Secret Santa poems and artwork brought on many smiles and laughs.
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Jam sessions are also frequent, especially with Walcrik/our wax techs on the road!
  • This is probably the nicest ice bath I will ever see!
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Can you even tell I am freezing?

I wrapped up the first period of racing with races in Austria at a Europa Cup. I finally felt like myself again and I was very happy with my races. It was nice to take a step down from the big pond and race in a scene that was a bit more comfortable in, especially with my family there to cheer me on! Now it is time for some rest and recovery, family time, and holiday celebrations in Germany!

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Climbing the last hill in the 5km classic race, featuring my family cheering on the side.
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Skiing the first tracks with my parents in Austria!

Happy Holidays!

-JKern

Personal Wins

*Sorry for the long break in between blogs, it has been a busy fall…but that is no real excuse. This is a blog I have wanted to post for a while, and now more than ever, is it a good reminder to myself. Winning isn’t necessarily about crossing the line first. You can cross the … More Personal Wins

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Sources of Influence

For my photography class this summer, I had to give a “sources of influence” presentation. I realized how important my family and the people around me were to shaping my love for the outdoors. It was no coincidence that almost all of the photos I took this term were in the outdoors. My love for … More Sources of Influence

The Frustration of Injury: Fighting Back

Injury is not a foreign concept to me. At this point and I know what to expect—there will be times of frustration, lack of motivation, hopelessness, and eventually progress. Even though I know what is coming every time, it is still challenging. Phases of injury/illness: It is okay, I will be back in no time. … More The Frustration of Injury: Fighting Back

School Break

With one year of college completed, I decided to keep the ball rolling by taking classes this summer term at Dartmouth! I used the two-week break in between terms to cherish the little time I get to spend with my family during our annual family vacation to Cape Cod and a trip to our new … More School Break

Mixing Things Up- Spring Recap

Spring for me is not about following a training plan; it is about staying active and doing whatever I feel like doing on that day. When it was raining, I would do something inside—when I was tired, I would do nothing—when I was antsy from studying all day, I would go on a long adventure. … More Mixing Things Up- Spring Recap

Enjoying Every Moment

(*My season edit is linked here and at the bottom.) If you had asked me at the start of the season if I thought I would be standing on the line of a World Cup quarterfinal next to my teammate Jessie Diggins, Maiken Caspersen Falla (the overall sprint leader), and Ida Ingemarsdotter(a skier I have … More Enjoying Every Moment

Familiar Faces and Familiar Places

What has stood out to me most these past two weeks is the incredible ski community that I am lucky enough to be a part of. I played almost every sport imaginable growing up and nothing comes close to the enthusiasm, positivity, passion, and hard work that revolves around cross country skiing and I think that is huge reason why skiing has become my lifestyle. … More Familiar Faces and Familiar Places

The Rollercoaster

Last month we had a race cancelled to due too much snow; fast-forward one month, races are getting cancelled because of too little snow. Just in this past month, I have ranged from feeling unstoppable, to being sick in bed, from winning races, to falling straight on my face, from my body aching everywhere, to … More The Rollercoaster