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The podium with Mireille Richard of Switzerland and Emile Forseberg of Sweden. A historic medal for Nina & North America

Nina happy to share the podium with (1)Mireille Richard of Switzerland and (3)Emile Forseberg of Sweden. A historic medal for Nina & North America

Winning a silver medal at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships in the sprint event is a dream come true for me. I have really focussed on the sprint this year and the hard work is paying off.

The hard work is paying off for the sprint!

Find your strong!

Never would I have imagined myself here 10 years ago when I  first moved to Europe and had not even tried randonee skiing. It was 6 years ago when I attended my first skimo worlds in Switzerland, just 2 years after my 2nd child and 1 year after starting the sport.

The USA 2008 Ski Mountaineering Team at the World Championships in Switzerland (very well organized by the way!)

The USA 2008 Ski Mountaineering Team at the World Championships in Switzerland (very well organized by the way!)

Unfortunately that year, I came down with strep throat and was unable to compete. My mom flew over from the States to watch and instead helped me with my 2 & 4 year old boys and nursed me with chicken soup. Needless to say it was a great intro into the sport itself and its potential worldwide.

Opening Ceremony of skimo World Champs in 2008 with my boys (then 2 & 4)

Opening Ceremony of skimo World Champs in 2008 with my boys (then 2 & 4)

Since then I have been to the 2010 world championships in Andorra and 2011 in Claut, Italy. I was remembering that the first year I merely had a goal to finish the races, so 3 years later, to stand on a world championship podium is really a dream for me and says a lot about how the sport has influenced my life.

The Flower Ceremony (never would I have dreamed to be standing here)

The Flower Ceremony (never would I have dreamed to be standing here)

For me this medal is a culmination of my own pursuit of personal excellence which I could not have done with out the support of so many on this journey; it is also a personal victory as a woman and a mother which has been inspired by many in my life: athletes, coaches, teachers, artists, family, friends and more.

Here are a few shots from the sprint race

Nina starting off strong

Nina starting off strong

charging in the kick turns

charging in the kick turns in the qualifier (photo mark smiley)

Transition Zone to boot pack

Transition Zone to boot pack (photo mark smiley)

Nina giving it her best in the women's final

Nina giving it her best in the women’s final

Downhill through the gates

Downhill through the gates remembering my few years as an alpine racer

 

Happy at the finish! Dreams coming to real life!

Happy at the finish! Dreams coming to real life!

I am very happy to have discovered  this sport that brings much joy and passion to so many here today and most importantly it brings me a smile.

This sport does bring me a smile

A happy and proud mommy

I am dedicated to being an advocate for the sport of ski mountaineering, especially for women and to help create a ripple affect of passion for the sport world wide.

Some of Team USA gals-McKenna Douglas, Janelle Smiley, Meredith Edwards  & Nina at World Champs

Some of Team USA gals-McKenna Douglas, Janelle Smiley, Meredith Edwards & Nina at World Champs

I will continue to strive to empower and inspire others, especially women and mothers to reach high for their own dreams and believe in the impossible.

Keep your sparkle & follow your dreams

Keep your sparkle & follow your dreams

 

One Response to “Historic Medal for North America at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships in France”

  1. Michael Silitch Says:

    Way to go!