Sunday, June 19, 2011

This one's for you, Chris


This post is in memory of Chris Ludington, avid skier, runner, and outdoor enthusiast, not to mention a fan of all things fun and challenging. He encouraged others to be the best they could be, and supported his friends and family in whatever they chose to pursue. He taught everyone he met how to appreciate life, love each day to it's fullest, and find fun even in places you never would have looked for it. Chris, I will miss the way your smile would light up a day, and how much compassion you showed for others, but because of who you were, your spirit will live on forever in all who you touched, which was an enormous amount. My thoughts are with you Johanna, Tyler and Sue. I logged some serious K today for Chris in the ski tunnel. He would have gone nuts to see this place. All my love to you all.

If you would like to contribute you may do so here:
Contributions may be made to the Chris Ludington Scholarship Fund, c/o Lamoille South Supervisory Union, John Pike 202 Copley Ave., Morrisville, VT 05661 or Livestrong at livestrong. org, or P.O. Box 6008, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6603

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rest Day

Kikkan, Anna and I had a rest day today, so, like our last rest day, we slept in until we couldn't anymore, which happened to be 10 am, again! So awesome! We had a leisurely breakfast which ended just as Emil was coming home from his morning session of paddling. A couple hours later we met Sara Lindborg for lunch at the top of a water storage tank. It was a really nice restaurant and we enjoyed the view after an arduous climb up many flights of stairs!

Emil, Sara, me and Anna enjoying a nice lunch.

The hot water storage tank on top of which is the restaurant we ate at.

Kikkan and I at the top of a small mountain on an island just across the water from Ostersund. Sara took us on a long run the first morning we arrived which started at the ski tracks and rolled through the forest and then along the lake back home.

Kikkan and Sara

Anna and Emil posing by/on their car.

A view from our run the first day.

Anna posing in her new Helly Hanson sailing jacket!

Emil ready to weather anything.

Pizza night! Yes, you are seeing that right, banana. Interesting and pretty darn good!


Lunch in the sun!!
We will head to Torsby with the Women's team tomorrow after a training session here in the morning. It will be hard to leave life with Emil and Anna, as we have had many good laughs, meals, training sessions and just overall a great time with our hosts. Emil has said a couple of times that he is taking us to the airport for an unexpected flight out, but we are still here so he must have been joking! More from Torsby and the ski tunnel!!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Congrats to my brother, Andy, who summited Mt. Baker last weekend!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sweden Update 1

Instead of copying and pasting a blog I have written to this site I am going to send you to another site you should check out. The site is It has updates of what skiers are doing and ways to give back to programs that help support young skiers trying to become the best they can be. It's one you should bookmark for sure if you like to be in the loop of the ski world. Anyway, there will be an update posted shortly from my time in Sweden with Kikkan. It's been amazing so far and I know it's going to be tough to leave. Hope summer is treating everyone well!!