Tuesday, March 27, 2012

crazy awkward hilarious tearful fun retirement day.

 On Sunday I raced my "last" official race with the team (plus spring series this weekend!).
I had an awesome first run and was sitting within a tenth of Mitch who was in first place!!  Second run was not so awesome, the nerves (and ruts) got the best of me and my attack mode went from "aggressive" to "just finish."  I was determined to finish my final race and made it down sloppily and raggedy but finished in (a far) second! It was my first medal and Canadian Championships!
It was fun to stand on the podium with my two great friends Marie-Michele and Maddy!! Good times!
Here's a pic from second run.
 After the second run I grabbed my BANANA costume and ripped back up to the top to take my third and final run!  The race organizers were nice enough to let me close the course.
The run was  HILARIOUS.
I was giggling the whole time and could barely see where I was going!
Britt followed me with a gopro and Keith put together a hilarious video about the whole thing which I linked below.
BANANARUNNNNNNN
Jay told me not to "slip" and to try to "produce" a good run.... ah ha
Everything was going somewhat smoothly UNTIL I SAW MP.
You can see her had sticking out ready to high five me as I pass.
I made eye contact through the small hole in my banana and approached her for the high five....
instead of it being super cool and smooth, I straddled and BAILED in front of everyone standing there, lost my ski, and pretty much almost peed my pants from laughing so hard.

I eventually made it down and was greeted my tons of local ski racer kids with flowers, my teammates, coaches, and friends.  It was so cool, one of the greatest moments of my career for sure.

Here's Jay's version of the run.... ha!
video




 lots of laughs.

After all the craziness of the BANANA RUN, we headed to an awesome FAST and FEMALE event!
It was so much fun to get glitterized, giggle, dance and laugh a lot more.  The girls were awesome and everyone left there with sore cheeks from all the giggles.
My team was called "LES CHATS FEROCES"  (the fierce cats!)
 we learned a hip-hop routine, which I am sure the girls and I will bring into real life....
 a unicorn barfed on erin
 woohoo! fun fun funnnnnnn
Such a great day, I will remember it forever.
Especially when has been documented like this!!(THanks Keith and Britt!!)


Saturday, March 24, 2012

RETIRING!!!

I have the greatest team ever! I just finished up the conference call in which I announced my retirement from ski racing.  There were a few shaky voice moments and a happy/sad teary moment with Erin afterwords, but I am so touched by all the nice things that my coaches and teammates said about me and my career in ski racing.  Reading, seeing and hearing all of those things make me so proud to have been a part of such a great team over the last nine years.  It's been a tough decision but I know it's the right one for me.  The hardest part will be saying goodbye to my ski family.
I can't thank my parents, my brothers and Marco enough or all of their support all the time.  I am surrounded by amazing people and feel like a very lucky person.  I am excited for the future and to see what else is out there.
the adventure continues....

This video just made me laugh, cry, cringe a little (Meat and Mike's awkward moments haha) but overall I just feel so touched by it.  It really means a lot.



And here is the press release from Alpine Canada.  THANK you to Jim, Tim, Jay, Hugues, Mark, Jenny, Martin, JS, Todd, Mulli, Marco Z, Lily, KENT, Chris Irving, Bozo, Diane, Keith, Robert and everyone else who has helped me along the way.

http://www.alpinecanada.org/news/2012/slalom-ace-goodman-announces-retirement

MONT-SAINTE-ANNE, QUE. (March 24, 2012) – Slalom specialist Anna Goodman has decided to hang up her skis after a brilliant career in which she helped lead a new generation of female technical skiers to the top and showed great courage to realize her dream of competing at the Winter Olympic Games by racing on an injured knee.
The 26-year-old from Pointe-Claire, Que., goes out on a high, having made a successful comeback from two serious injuries and established several personal best results during the course of the 2011-12 World Cup season – including finishing second-fastest in the second run of the slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, earlier this month.
Goodman blazed a trail as one of the top female slalom skiers in North America over the past five years and played a key role in mentoring rising stars Marie-Michèle Gagnon and Erin Mielzynski. Gagnon, of Lac-Etchemin, Que., celebrated claiming her first career World Cup podium earlier this month, while Guelph, Ont., slalom skier Mielzynski recently became the first Canadian in over 40 years to win gold in a World Cup slalom race.
“I’m very proud of my accomplishments during the nine years I spent with the team,” said Goodman, the daughter of former national team skier Russell Goodman. “I am especially proud of the leadership role that I played over the past five years in showing Canadian women and the Canadian ski establishment that we can compete at the very highest levels in slalom. It is very satisfying to see where the women’s slalom team has come and how much it has evolved and improved since I scored my first World Cup points five years ago.
“Also, racing at the Olympics on home soil with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) not only fulfilled a life-long dream, but also challenged me mentally and physically more than anything else in my career. I proved to myself that I could overcome almost anything through the hard work and determination it took to race with the injury, recover strongly from the surgery and ski fast upon my comeback.”
Goodman tore her ACL in January 2010, a month before the Winter Games in Vancouver-Whistler, B.C. Her desire to compete at the Olympics was so strong that she decided to put off the surgery and do whatever it took to make it to the start gate. Goodman had a knee brace fitted and did her best to ski through the pain. 
“When she did her ACL she raced with a brace - she wasn’t 100 per cent,” said Hugues Ansermoz, head coach of the ladies’ team. “It takes a lot of courage to do that.”
Goodman finished 19th in slalom at the Olympics, an experience she describes as the highlight of her career.
“She got injured but it was always her dream to compete in the Olympics. She’s pretty bad-ass, racing with a (torn) knee,” Gagnon said of her teammate. “Having an Olympics at home – I don’t think she would have missed that for anything.”
Other career highlights include:
-Top five North American slalom skier for the past five years
-Five top-15 World Cup and world championship slalom results, including a 12th-place finish in slalom at the 2009 world championships in Val d’Isère, France
-Twenty-two top-25 World Cup, world championship and Olympic slalom results 
-2008 Nor-Am Cup overall slalom champion
-Fifteen Nor-Am Cup slalom podiums, including seven gold medals
Goodman has been a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team since 2004. She made her World Cup debut that October in Sölden, Austria, at the age of 18.
“I had never seen someone with so much speed in slalom at that age,” Ansermoz said. “She was super fast.”
Goodman’s career-best result is a ninth-place finish in slalom in Are, Sweden, in December 2009. She seemed to be breaking through to the next level right around the time she hurt her knee at a World Cup race in Zagreb, Croatia, on Jan. 3, 2010.  
“She really started to get going before she was injured,” Ansermoz said. “She had knee surgery and then had problems with her hips. She came back well from both.
“She’s going to be missed, especially by the other girls. She pushed people like Mitch (Gagnon) and Erin to go faster. She’s very important for this group.” 
Technical head coach Jim Pollock, who has worked closely with Goodman for many years, described her as a “great team player” who played a key role in helping the ladies’ slalom team take such huge strides forward in recent years.
“She’s been a leader on the hill,” Pollock said. “She was one of the first women to start the slalom breakthrough for this team – getting top 30s, top 20s and a top 10. She spent a long time on the team and blazed a trail.
“She’s a very, very smart girl, a great teammate, a wonderful person to have around on the team. We are going to miss her terribly but she’s leaving on a good note.”
Goodman takes comfort from the fact that she was able to come back from hip and knee injuries and have a solid World Cup season in 2011-12.
“My 57 World Cup points this season showed me that I could come back from two significant injuries and compete with the best,” Goodman said. “This year has seen many of my greatest moments; my fastest first run in a World Cup at Aspen where I came eighth with a start number of 44, followed by the second best result of my career when I came 11th at Courchevel, France. Then, a few weeks ago, I had a personal best single run at the Ofterschwang World Cup where I came in second in the second run.
“However, I now realize that it is time for me to move on to other challenges following the end of the current season. It has been an awesome journey.”
Mielzynski, who made history by winning gold in Ofterschwang, says she wouldn’t have made it to the podium without Goodman’s help.
“This year was the most fun year for me and it was because of Anna . . . I don’t think I could have done what I did this year without her,” Mielzynski said. “Most of the time in training we were tying or really close. Anna was a big part of that (gold medal) happening.
“I’ve always looked up to Anna and the way she approaches things.”
Known for her adventurous spirit and positive, fun-loving attitude, Goodman has set her sights on attending university to study for a degree in business. She wants to stay involved in ski racing – possibly coaching young racers or setting up her own ski camp – while exploring some of her other passions, including photography. Goodman has many fond memories of life on the road as a ski racer.
“I became addicted to mountain biking, velodrome racing and any other bicycle sport,” she said of her time with the national team. “I created crazy funny videos of me and my teammates entertaining ourselves on the road. I learned how to rodel. I became a chef and creator of “Anna’s Banana Bread,” the healthiest, tastiest bread ever. I ate some form of chocolate and drank at least one cup of coffee every day for the past nine years.
“My teammates really made it a ton of fun to have a pretty stressful lifestyle,” Goodman added. “All of my best friends have been past teammates and present teammates. I’ve always been really close with everyone. That will be the hardest thing, to say goodbye.”
For Goodman’s teammates, the feeling is mutual.
“I feel like Anna is the one who brings us all together as a team,” said Marie-Pier Préfontaine, of Saint-Sauveur, Que., who was Goodman’s roommate last summer when the team centralized its dryland training program in and around Calgary, Alta. “She’s the one who makes all the plans for us to do things together. If we go out to dinner, she’s the one who organizes everything. 
“I’m going to miss her a lot. We’ve been on the team together a long time and we’ve grown closer and closer together. She will always be a great friend.”
Ève Routhier, of Sherbrooke, Que., another slalom specialist, is one of several young skiers on the national team who have benefitted from Goodman’s experience and know-how.
“Anna is a great teammate. She’s always happy, always in a good mood. Always fun to be around,” said Routhier, 23. “When I made it onto the team she was the one with the most experience. She was a great role model. When you go to your first World Cup and you don’t know where to go or what to do she was there to share her experience. I’m really grateful to her for that.”
Mielzynski remembers Goodman making a big first impression when they met several years ago. 
“One of the first times I met Anna was in Aspen,” Mielzynski said. “I told my mom she was one of the most genuinely nice people I had ever met.
“Now that I know her better, she’s the best teammate you could ever ask for. She always gets us doing fun things.”
Goodman’s final race as a national team skier is due to take place on Sunday when she competes in the Canadian Championships slalom in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que. After the race she plans to make one final run down the slalom course as part of a special retirement ceremony. 
PHOTO FINISH: Photographs of Anna Goodman in action can be downloaded for editorial use fromhttps://alpinecanada.box.com/s/ffb9e61927b575afa6a9. Please credit Alpine Canada.
QUOTES:
Marie-Pier Préfontaine (Saint-Sauveur, Que.)
“I feel like Anna is the one who brings us all together as a team. She’s the one who makes all the plans for us to do things together. If we go out to dinner, she’s the one who organizes everything. 
“I’m going to miss her a lot. We’ve been on the team together a long time and we’ve grown closer and closer together. She will always be a great friend. Last summer we had so much fun living together in Calgary.
“She never complains about pain or anything else. If she says she’s in pain you know she’s really in pain.
“She’s really tough, really competitive. We’re all competitive but she’s really competitive.
She’s strong. To race with a torn ACL – that’s crazy. She had a really good career.”
Ève Routhier (Sherbrooke, Que.)
“Anna is a great teammate. She’s always happy – always in a good mood. Always fun to be around.
“When I made it onto the team she was the one with the most experience. She was a great role model. 
“When you go to your first World Cup and you don’t know where to go or what to do she was there to share her experience. I’m really grateful to her for that.”
Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac-Etchemin, Que.)
“She’s the most creative, fun person to be around. She always has ideas about what to do on the road. We go from doing silly videos to photo shoots.
“On my first year on the team she was close to top 15 in the world and she was beating everyone in training. I was just like, Wow. I was really amazed at her skiing.
“She got injured but it was always her dream to compete in the Olympics. She’s pretty bad-ass, racing with a (torn) knee. Having an Olympics at home – I don’t think she would have missed that for anything.”
Erin Mielzynski (Guelph, Ont.)
“I remember one of the first times I met Anna was in Aspen. I told my mom she was one of the most genuinely nice people I had ever met.
“Now that I know her better, she’s the best teammate you could ever ask for. She always gets us doing fun things.
“On the hill, she will always come and talk about skiing. It’s nice to have someone like that who you can talk to about your run.
“This year was the most fun year for me and it was because of Anna. We were training so much together. I don’t think I could have done what I did this year without her. Anna was a big part of that (gold medal) happening. 
“I’ve always looked up to Anna and the way she approaches things.”
Technical head coach Jim Pollock
“Anna is a great teammate with an awesome spirit; a great team player.
“She’s been a leader on the hill. She was one of the first women to start the slalom breakthrough for this team – getting top 30s, top 20s and a top 10. She spent a long time on the team and blazed a trail.
“She’s always had the speed and the ability but had a couple of injuries at the wrong time.
“She’s a very, very smart girl, a great teammate, a wonderful person to have around on the team. We are going to miss her terribly but she’s leaving on a good note.
“Anna has always had a lot of opportunities in life; a lot of things that interest her. I’m thrilled for her.”
Coach Tim Gfeller
“Anna is an extremely talented slalom skier. She has a unique style which has always worked well for her. As a teammate she’s amazing – very supportive of everybody. She gets on really well with all the other athletes and staff and is a great person to have around.”
Head coach Hugues Ansermoz
“I was her coach when she started on the team. I had never seen someone with so much speed in slalom at that age. She was super fast.
“She really started to get going in 2010 before she was injured. She had knee surgery and then had problems with her hip.
“She’s going to be missed, especially by the other girls. She pushed the other girls like Mitch (Gagnon) and Erin to go faster.
“When she did her ACL she raced with a brace. She wasn’t 100 per cent. It takes a lot of courage to do that.
“When the rumours about her retiring started coming out Mitch and Erin were really upset. She’s very important for this group.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen any slalom skier go that fast in training. Her times in training were just incredible.”
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

spring!

Le Massif was beautiful, HOT and lots of fun until a river started flowing down the downhill track and a rock emerged right on the line.  I thought I had a good improvement from the training run after I came in 13th after the first race run! Unfortunately everything got cancelled but it was fun to try it out again after six years off the long boards!

 The spring skiing was perfect yesterday at St Anne.  Highlights included numerous synchronized skiing attempts under the chair, and soaking up the sun on the patio til closing time.
Jeff, Julie and I were rocking the jeans!! #SKI4NIK
 Such a fun crew to hang out with all day on the hill!!!
 post-skiing tanning! Maddy was overheating. :(
 amazing.  BEst spring skiing day I can remember!!
RACE TOMORROW! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

downhill!

I'll start this post off with this amazing picture...
Yesterday, as we were all a little bored with no skiing, Marco's team let me join them in their Tenoccer tournament... Four teams, four captains, and a tennis-soccer elimination where the loser's team captain had to swim in the Saint Lawrence River...... with the ICEBERGS.
yes, this happened.  and the lucky loser was Tommy Biesmayer!!! ha! He showed us his swimming skills in what must have been FREEZING water.

 And then today we woke up to a red sky and some clouds... the downhill finally ran!

 MP was so stoked!
 Looking down at the sparse first pitch, grass showing through, and the impressive Saint Lawrence beyond.
 In the end the downhill start had to be moved down to the flats due to lack of snow... but I thought it was fun anyway!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Baie Saint Paul

The downhill races keep getting delayed due to bad conditions and bad weather!!  I've been staying with Marco in Baie-Saint-Paul.  It's a super cute artist's town where every other boutique is an art gallery. Our hotel is right beside to river so we decided to check it out!
ICEBERGS
 mini icebergs!
 iceberg pose
 iceberg jump!
 L'Accalmie Shipwreck....



 on deck...


 This is confusing, BUT the floor is actually almost vertical inside of the tilted boat... so we are standing close to upright, on the walls.... it was confusing but cool.
 it doesn't show but I was having a hard time not slipping down the floor....
That's all for now... hopefully some speed starts happening up at Le Massif!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cabane a Sucre!

A couple of days ago MP was nice enough to invite Maddy and I to her family's sugar shack!!
It was super fun and tasty!
They run their own sugar shack for friends and family, and we were the lucky one's to get a taste of their magic!!
Here's where they boil down the sap....

 According to Wikipedia:
"In cold climates, maple trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in the spring. Maple trees can be tapped by boring holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap. The sap is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup."
 One of the many buckets collecting sap!
 posing/looking in the window where the boiling happens.
 Testing out one of the final products!!! Syrup and pre-syrup tea!
yummy!!
 rawr
 MP explaining something about something about sap and trees.
 aperatif
 AND of course one of my favourite parts: tire sur neige!
 This is where the syrup is boiled to an even thicker density and the poured onto the snow.  Once it hardens a little bit you stick a popsicle stick onto it and roll it up into a yummy lollipop type thing.
It's the best part!
 THANK's so much for letting us stop by!!!
:)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mitch Podiums!!

Wow, another amazing weekend for the team.  Mitch got her first podium, it's been a long time coming and I couldn't be happier for her!! The funny thing is, going into the race I thought she would get on the podium, after her second run I knew she would, and when she actually did it didn't even seem so shocking, more like "obviously!!!"  She finally broke into the top three and it was fun to be there with her and the rest of the team to celebrate.  I personally had a crazy run, one huge mistake coming into the flats sealed the deal that I would not make second run.  It's a frustrating way to end the World Cup season BUT last week's second run gives me confidence going into the final norams and nationals this week.
Here are some pics...
The moment she knew that she would be on the podium!!
 hugs and celebration all around
 Team podium picture!!

I'm off to Quebec today and racing for the next two weeks between norams and nationals! Excited to get into all four disciplines again.


I also want to express my condolences to Nik Zoricic's family.  It has left me sad and confused; it's something that should never have happened or happen.  I am thinking of his teammates and hoping that they are going to be ok. When you are on the road as often as we are your team becomes your second family. He was such a passionate slalom racer and I'm sure that he carried that amazing energy over into his ski-cross career.  Rest in peace Nik.