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Notes from Pyeongchang: Skiathlon and training

Feb 10, 2018

The exchange! The women 15 K skiathlon, 7.5 classic and change skis and poles and 7.5 skate. Exciting to watch!
Credit Ruthie Brown
Today’s event was the Skiathlon with high hopes for Jessie Diggins to potentially medal. We had a few adventures trying to figure out the bus system and getting between venues. 

So proud of Jessie in an historic finish for a 5th place. Sophie Caldwell was 6th in Sochi after a broken pole so this tops the charts as the highest finish for an American.

 

Nations Village.
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The larger nations have a “hospitality house" that represents their country.  In addition, the United States has a “P&G House." Procter and Gamble very generously sets up a center for the parents of all disciplines. There is also a USA house, which we will receive a one-time pass to go visit as parents of athletes.

 

The alpine hill is open in the area above the Nations Village.
Credit Ruthie Brown
A season alpine pass costs $136 and the lights are on and open to skiing until midnight every night.  
Sophie Caldwell and Simi Hamilton train in PyeongChang.
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We met Sim and Sophie in the stadium after the races. The races start at 4 pm, so they train late in the afternoon to get their bodies accustomed to racing at that time of day.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We are excited to share the travels of Simi Hamilton’s family to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing dispatches from Ruthie Brown and family as they give you a first-hand, behind-the-scenes look at the Olympics.