February 15, 2010
Things are a little bit slower for us now. Doesn't mean we're not doing anything, but after the historical day for the U.S. Nordic combined team, a little break isn't bad. It'll be hard to replicate the energy felt in Whistler on Sunday. From a very good crowd at the Nordic event, to the epic race. I figured the best way to find some of that is to go to the men's downhill event. After days of postponement, the competition is about to begin. Talked with several of the course workers about what went into it. Because of the varying conditions — nothing ever seems to stay one way up here — it's meant long days. Most of the workers wake up between 4 and 6 a.m. They head up to the mountain and do whatever needs to be done. For the downhill course that meant starting from the top and stomping down the snow with skis. It takes four hours to do that from top to bottom. Most had to do it two times. But today's weather should hold. They called for brief rain, before the skies are to open up.
Should make for a fast event.