Sunday, February 28, 2010

AND its over........ up next: Closing Ceremonies and SURGERY

I can't believe it's already over!! Such a huge build up over the last 2 months of Physio and rehab for this ONE DAY!! It was all totally worth it.  I definitely felt a little rusty in the first run, but I think I attacked pretty well in the second and I came away with 19th place.  Although it's my "worst" result of the season, I never even expected to be able to race, so I'm still really proud of what I did without my ACL!

THE FANS WERE AMAZING!!! I was totally unprepared at how awesome the Canadian fans would be!! I've never been cheered for so LOUDly!
I snapped a couple shots of Brigitte in the finish!!
THE AMAZING CANADIAN FANS!!!  Proud to be Canadian!

I went and watched Cousi, Mike, Trevor and Brad in the mens slalom!!!
And I saw some funny mascot things!! ha
And then we had some post-race fun!!  With some of the Swedish team!
I want to join the HOT TUB CLUB!! hahaha
Anyway, goodbye Whistler!! It's been an amazing experience.
Oh ya, we ran into some of the ATTACKING VIKINGS!! Looking very spiffy!! Nice guys.
AND I am ready to get out of this rain cloud!!!
I just want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone everywhere who supported me on this interesting journey.  Hopefully next time I have my ACL and I'll be going for the podium! We are heading to CLOSING CEREMONIES tonight!! YAY!!  And then surgery on the 4th followed by 6 months of rehab before getting back on snow.  Not sure how I feel about that, but I'm pumped for the closing ceremonies tonight with the GIRLS!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

number 23 for my Olympic Debut!

Tomorrow I race!
Finally!! After 2 LONG months of crazy rehab, I'm ready to do this!
Below is the course this afternoon, foggy and LOTS of Volunteers!! Thanks to all the Weasel Workers hard work!!!
Speaking of weasels.... here is Brigitte's ATTACKING BEAVER helmet!! haha!  She is starting 25.  Mitch is 33 and Erin is 37!
And a little ray of sunshine hope.... maybe it will clear up??? doubtful but no worries.
This should be cool!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A day at the Olympics....

The days leading up to the race....
Train on the OFFICIAL Olympic Training hill, accredited athletes ONLY!! haha Erin and Brigitte and "flat Peyton" are pumped.
Before getting started, STRETCH!
and VISUALIZE!
And enjoy the almost sunrise!!!
Check out the RACE HILL!! (and cheer on the GS boys and girls!!)
Rock out the new clothing!
Lookin almost like "Kenny" from South Park....
Me and Bri and our furry hoods.
The Girls have their second run of GS tomorrow and so far so good!!! Hopefully the weather cooperates and they get a good race!
I had my Television highlight of the Olympics last night watching Joannie Rochette's short program skate.  It was so emotional and she was so courageous and I have never felt so moved watching a fellow athlete's performance.
And the GOLDs keep coming!! Clara Hughes had an amazing skate today for the bronze, that one seemed really special as well.  She AMAZES ME!!! Every medal our country gets is sweet, but some of the athletes' performances just really stand out for me!  Can't wait to be out there doing my thing!! Soon enough!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Day 2 of the Olympics!

Day 2 of the Olympics!!
Another beautiful day in the mountains!!
You can see an array of different countries getting ready for training behind Brigitte!
I even met Kwame the "Snow Leopard from Ghana"! He was super nice!!!
And Brigitte's Niece's friend's cutout doll came with us on the hill today!! With her GOLD MEDAL!
On our way down we ran into some of the amazing volunteers, moving the Downhill start to the Giant Slalom start for tomorrow's men's race!
Later that day, a bunch of us headed to Whistler Village and scoped out some of the sights!! I posed with the RINGS!
And Brigitte and I hit up every poser painting we could find!!! Here we are friends with a bear!
I am a dead mounted Deer! And Brigitte is a poser skier.
Now we are SNOWWOMEN! yay.
Wish we could find Goldilocks!!!! At least I'm smiling with my eyes.
that bear is wearing sunglasses!!! Wow.  Steph and Craig with momma bear.
The village is buzzing!!! There are things going on at every corner! It's sweet!
The Olympics are fun!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

OLYMPICS!

At the OLYMPICS!
We arrived in Whistler yesterday!  And got ACCREDITED!
Took the "people mover"
Brigitte posing on the "people mover"
Checked out the finish area and the sweet green Olympic Rings..
After settling into our Condo near the base of the race, I headed out to town for dinner with Marco and experienced a hilarious "impromptu dance party" in the streets!!! There were crazy outfits, boomboxes and people dancing everywhere!! It was awesome!
After experiencing a little bit of the crazy cool Olympic Vibe in town, I headed up the hill this morning and had a great day of slalom skiing with some French, American and Italian girls!
This process has been up and down, but today was a great day on snow, and a BEAUTIFUL day to be outside enjoying the fresh air of Whistler!
It was sweet to see Mike have an awesome slalom run in the combined today!! Can't wait to get back on snow tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Get to know the WOMENS TEAM who are not part of the "Speed Queens"

We are not the "Speed Queens," we have no name.  We are the girls who are racing in the Olympics in the Technical Alpine Events (slalom and giant slalom).  We are not yet in Whistler and I thought that it would be FUN to introduce ourselves to YOU before we get into the CRAZINESS of the Olympics!!! Our teammates: Emily Brydon, Britt Janyk, Shona Rubens and Georgia Simmerling are all racing speed (and some technical) this week in the Olympics.  GO GIRLS! GO CANADA!!!
And here is a small intro to the rest of us who are arriving later this week for the final week of OLYMPIC RACING!! YAY YAY YAY CAN't WAIT!
Me, Mitch, Bri and MP!


I'll start with myself!!

Name: Anna Christina Goodman

RACING: SLALOM
Nickname: Goody
Age: 24
Fave Colour: Forest Green
Fave season: Fall (in quebec)
Ellen or Oprah: Ellen
Hidden Talent: I can lick my elbow!
if you could ski with anyone who would it be? Oprah so she doesn't feel left out.
Favourite Athlete: Marco Sullivan!!
Fave sport other than skiing: Mountain Biking and extreme river tubing in Truckee and Jackson Hole!
Do you think the bachelor Jake will find true love? There is a possibility! (Tenley?)
favourite food: Chocolate and Coffee
Favourite Mountain to ski on: Squaw!
mitts or gloves? MITTENS!
Longjohns or "au naturel": Longjohns
Favourite Band or Singer: Great Big Sea
Favourite PUMP up SONG!: Donkey Riding by Great Big Sea
Favourite WINTER Olympic Event to watch other than skiing: hockey
Favourite Olympic gear from the HBC Olympic Bag: Sweatpants
Favourite Hobbie on the Road: Blogging



Name: Brigitte Diane Acton

RACING: SLALOM (GS tbd)
Nickname: "Bri"
Age: 24
Fave Colour: Bahama Blue
Fave season: Summer
Fave athlete: Mike Smith (Tampa Bay Lightening Goalie / boyfriend!)
Ellen or Oprah: Oprah 
Hidden Talent: Can pick her nose with her tongue!! haha. AND knows how to bust a move!! DANCE!
if you could ski with anyone who would it be? My Mom when she was racing in the 70's!
Fave sport other than skiing: Golf and Tubing on water or snow!
Do you think the bachelor Jake will find true love? Yes.
Favourite food: crunchy cereal
Favourite Mountain to ski on: Searchmount aka "Searchrock"
Mittens or gloves? Mittens.
Longjohns or "au naturel": I used to do "Skin to Win" and realized it was freezing and not worth the frostbite on my buns!!!
Favourite Band or Singer: David Nail
Favourite pump up song: Anything too fast to dance to!!!
Favourite WINTER Olympic Event to watch other than Alpine Skiing: everything, even curling!
Favourite Olympic Gear from the HBC Olympic Bag? the BOOTS!
Favourite Hobbie on the Road: Online Shopping!



Name: Marie-Pier Prefontaine

RACING: GIANT SLALOM!
Nickname: MP
Age: 21
Fave Colour: Frog Green
Fave season: Fall
Ellen or Oprah: Ellen
Hidden Talent: I can sleep ANYWHERE!! Like a Koala on Eucalyptus
if you could ski with anyone who would it be? Sidney Crosby!
Fave sport other than skiing: Mountain BIking! DH biking
Do you think the bachelor Jake will find true love? No
favourite food: Pate Chinois (Shepards Pie) KETCHUP
Favourite Mountain to ski on: Kirchberg joking. Whistler for real.
mitts or gloves? Mittens!
Longjohns or "au naturel": Longjohns
Favourite Band or Singer: Imogen Heap
Favourite pump up song: C'est beau la Bourrgeosie by Disco B*TCH
Favourite WINTER Olmpic Event to watch other than Skiing: Mogul skiing
Favourite Olympic gear from the HBC Olympic Bag: The puffy vest
Favourite hobbie on the road: sleeping.


Name: Marie Michele Gagnon

RACING: GIANT SLALOM AND SLALOM!
Nickname: Mitch
Age: 20
Fave Colour: Lake Tahoe Turquoise 
Fave season: Winter
Ellen or Oprah: Ellen
Hidden Talent: Best Fake Crazy Laugh!!  Can make anybody laugh with it!! Guaranteed!
if you could ski with anyone who would it be? Nancy Greene
Fave sport other than skiing: Mountain Biking
Do you think the bachelor Jake will find true love? I hate the Bachelor
favourite food: Fresh Hard Grapes!
Favourite Mountain to ski on: Squaw Valley USA
mitts or gloves? Gloves!
Longjohns or "au naturel": Longjohns
Favourite Band or Singer: K-os or Citizen Cope or something Reggae
Favourite PUMP up SONG!: INFINITY by Guru Josh Project
Favourite WINTER Olympic Event to watch other than skiing: Mogul Skiing 
Favourite Olympic gear from the HBC Olympic Bag: Wool Sweater
Favourite Hobbie on the Road: Intense Knitting Sessions

ERIN MIELZYNSKI

RACING SLALOM
Nickname: Er' (pronounced "air") MielZed
Age: 19
Fave Colour: Purple!
Ellen or Oprah: Ellen
Hidden Talent: Pro Water Skier (2nd at Junior Worlds!)
If you could ski with anybody who would it be?? Herman Maier!
Fave sport other than skiing? Waterskiing and track and field
Do you think the Bachelor Jake will find true love?  I don't watch it, so no.
Favourite Food? CEREAL! or turkey.
Favourite Mountain to ski on? Whistler or Georgian Peaks
Mitts or Gloves? Mitts
Longjohns or "au naturel"? Long Johns!!! (usually doubled!)
Favourite band or singer? Kings of Leon
Favourite PUMP UP SONG!!!? Tik-Tok by Kei$ha
Favourite WINTER Olympic Event to watch other than Skiing?  Speed Skating
Favourite Olympic gear from the HBC Olympic Bag: the Plaid Pajama-like top.
Favourite Hobbie on the Road: Reading.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Anna and Brigitte hitting the PLASTIC!

Another beautiful day in Nakiska!! Sunny blue skies and Icy conditions!! Perfect!
Getting back into gates went really well! It was nice to hit some plastic again!!   :)
Here's Mitch doing her thing in Giant Slalom!!! Look at those ANGLES!! yeah!

Brigitte sporting the new Olympic Shwag!

Posing as usual!! Smiley slalom girls!

And Ghetto attempts at posing in Giant Slalom with all our slalom gear!! ha!

ROAR!!
A boy.  Chilling at the bottom with our teammate Pattty Biggs.  Go Biggs or go home.
OH CANADA. Can't wait to represent for real!

And some vids of Brigitte and I freeskiing to the bottom after training!!! haha. enjoy.

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