Davos World Cups

Next stop after Lillehammer was Davos, Switzerland. Before this trip I had never ventured to the fabled land that is the Sertig Valley, where Davos nestles. If you’ve ever been around World Cup skiers, you’ve probably heard them rave about this place. And for good reason; its famous for its sun and snow and lots of skiing.

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We drove from Zurich and arrived at the Hotel Kulm late at night:

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After three weeks way up north, hardly ever seeing the sun, it was awesome to wake up to the sun drenched Alps out my window:

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Looking down valley:

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Lapping through the stadium and its golden warmth with Andy:

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The transit system here is sweet. You can take the busses from the hotel to town, to skiing, to the gym, the store… and then a train if you want to go further:

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Taking the bus back up to our hotel:

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And towards that great selection of local dairy delicacy:

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The glowing rays didn’t make landfall everyday… a reminder of how high we are; cloud country:

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One tradition that the US Team has maintained for many years now is an inter-team secret santa / poetry slam. Everyone writes a poem for, and supplies a gift for the individual they happened to draw out of the hat. It is one of the more entertaining team activities I have ever been a part of. Whitcomb reading his incredible interactive poem/gift:

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Checkin out the stadium from the high point of the sprint course. It takes them a couple of days to get it all assembled into its final form:

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Slow Davos morning:

A slow Swiss morning. + #swissalps #nutella #teatime #davos #klosters #hotelklum

A photo posted by @reesehanneman on Dec 12, 2014 at 8:03am PST

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Running through muddy farm fields:

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After the brutal three-race tour in Lillehammer and the travel to Switzerland, I got a cold. It was the same one that has been circling around through the team for weeks. I felt pretty bad for a day or two, and wasn’t planning on racing on this weekend, because racing while sick is never a good idea, and you have to look longterm to protect your health. I woke up Saturday morning feeling ok, so I decided to give it a go.

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Long story short, by body was rocked, and I didn’t really even have a chance to perform very well either day. I gave it my best, but unless youre just totally “on” here, youre gonna be spit out the back. You can read more about my performances and my feelings HERE.

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15k classic.

Reese Hanneman racing in the Davos WC this am #TokoProfiGloves

A photo posted by TokoUS (@tokous) on Dec 12, 2014 at 5:05pm PST

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Needless to say, putting my body through those efforts gave the cold a chance to take hold, and I have felt horrible since. But that’s just the name of the game sometimes.

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I changed all my tickets to head home on Monday, before the cancelled La Clusaz races were reinstated to Davos. However, with the state I was in, we thought it would be more productive to head home and let myself recover from this insane block.

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So I am back in Alaska now, trying to heal and to let my body climb out of the hole that I dug, both recently and more long term.

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There is a lot of season left. Like, a TON of races. So although the first three weekends didn’t go as well as I hoped, or even as well as they could have… it was still a very productive trip. There were many positive things that still outweigh my poor results.

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For a more in depth look at my results, and thoughts about training and preparation and the intense game that is the World Cup, read THIS ARTICLE/INTERVIEW.

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Thanks for reading!

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