New Zealand

This is my first blog of my 2013 2014 season. I am pretty darn excited about this up coming year, I have to say, because it’s the year of the snake, obviously! Ok ok, I’m kidding. I’m sure that Chinese calendar talk is exciting for new parents like both of my big brothers, but I’m really excited for the OLYMPICS!

My team is on the south island of New Zealand right now. This is our first big training block, in preparation for our Olympic season.

We spent the first week in Lake Tekapo, training at the local mountain, Round Hill. Go figure, the mountain looks just like the name describes. Most of the team hadn’t skied full on since April, so our first few days were spent putting in the mileage, doing lots of free ski runs, drills, and getting our “ski legs” back under us. By the end of the 6 days on snow we were all ripping turns in (an almost full length) GS course. I think I even heard one of our coaches, Willy, mention on the radio that he was going to get some of us to try out for the Canadian Alpine Team. He was just making a joke, but in all seriousness, we were skiing well. On our first few days of training at Round Hill, the Alpine Ladies Tech Team was there as well finishing their camp. It was so great seeing my old teammates shred some slalom and chat with each of them on the 4 minute t bar ride we’d have together.

Our afternoons were outside filled with running along the beautiful lake, hiking, playing tennis, and doing TRX workouts in the park. We’ve all got a little competitive with our tennis games, the chirping on the court is endless. What can I say? Boys will be boys.

After training we packed up, ate some food and hit the road for our next block of our camp. We’re staying in the town named Wanaka and training at Cadrona. We’ll be doing the real deal (Ski Cross!) with a few other national ski and snowboard cross teams. My close friends on the Australian SX were at Roundhill and are at Cadrona as well. It’s always fun seeing friends that we spend the whole winter together on the tour after being apart in our home counties for most of our summers and falls. I will say Anton Grimus needs to work on his tennis game next summer if he doesn’t want to loose to me again. He has 2 weeks to ask for a rematch though.


After skipping a day in time, leaving Vancouver and landing in Aukland, we were almost there, en route to Queenstown




The view landing in to Queenstown




I went for a run a long Lake Tekapo, couldn’t help myself stopping to snap this




At the top of our hike




An early morning drive up to the hill produces beautiful sun rises




4 minutes to the top of the hill




Gates time!




So typical. So New Zealand. Leaving the lake, heading for Wanaka



My first name is Alice. I'm called by my middle name, Georgia. I grew up getting beat up by my 3 older brothers Christian, Boyd and Julian. They rock. I love pretty much every sport there is, except maybe rhythmic gymnastics. I wonder who invented that one? Cooking is a fun pastime on a rainy day. The feeling of being on the brink of disaster, going as fast as possible, is indescribable. And I'm not talking about driving a car. It feels awesome being completely and utterly exhausted after giving 110% during a workout. I tell my mother everything (almost)... Examining snowflakes fall onto my jacket while on the chair lift could keep me bewildered for hours(haha, ok maybe not HOURS). I'm pretty sure I make myself laugh too often. Listening to music with my headphones keeps me sane. Making someone smile is contagious. Finishing a knitting project, such as a wicked awesome headband, is totally satisfying. I love being Canadian and having people laugh after I say the words "eh" and "toque". And it happens often. Having friends around the globe is a really cool thing. Experiencing different cultures is eye opening. Traveling all over the world is the best thing, but there is nothing like flying into Vancouver, eating a home cooked meal with my family, and falling asleep in my own bed.

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