26 February 2013

Wrapping up our 2012-2013 Season!

  Calgary Olympic Oval             

In just over a week....and my speedskating season will be over.

It's exciting but daunting at the same time because when training starts up again for next season in a couple weeks, it'll be for the Olympic year. For Sochi 2014. 

As I updated you all a couple weeks ago, my mom and I took a different approach to my training since our Nationals in December, and it continues to be a success. During these last weeks, I have gained back confidence in my skating and my body is holding up really well, which I owe completely to my therapy support team (Paula, Dr. Major, Dr. Yoss, Dr. Carl, Dena, my parents) and Extreme Endurance, a product that continues to give me great results each training session! 
My mom and I, along with my hand-made sweater

Races begin next Wednesday at the oval in Calgary, Canada, the site of the 1988 Olympic Games, which was my mom's last Olympics and the one where I was 1-year old, being strollered around the Olympic grounds while people attached Olympic pins on my hand-made sweater. I so wish I could have remembered all those memories at that age!

My mom and I at Calgary Olympics, 1988
This speedskating oval is one of the two fastest rinks in the world, so this season-ending competition attracts speedskaters all over the world, giving the racing a fun, international-competitive vibe. I will be racing the 3000m on Thursday (7th of March), followed by 4 more days of racing. Jeffrey will be also racing next week at the Finale, but also competing this weekend in the American Cup Final this weekend in Salt Lake City. Meanwhile, Brian has been in Germany training for the upcoming World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, followed by the World Cup Finals in Heerenveen, Netherlands and the World Single Distance Championships in Sochi, Russia. Our coach (mom) will be the backbone of this whole process...after just arriving back from Germany this past Sunday, she leaves this Thursday for Salt Lake City, then travels to Calgary, comes home for a couple days before flying back east to coach Brian back in Sochi, Russia. Then as soon as she arrives back home, end of March, she will finally be getting her knee replacement surgery. Something she is freaking out about, but it is desperately needed, as many of you know and have seen. So if you get a moment, please keep her in your prayers as that whole process will be coming before she knows it!
Calgary Olympics, 1988

To keep up with Jeffrey and my results in the next weeks, for Salt Lake City/American Cup race results on Jeffrey this coming weekend, visit: http://usspeedskating.org/athletes/results and clicking on "AmCup Long Track Speedskating Final/North American Champs/Champions Challenge".

For the Calgary Finale competition, visit: http://oval.ucalgary.ca/10_competitions and scroll down til you see "Olympic Oval Finale/Canada Cup Final".

Or for both Salt Lake City/Calgary Final competitions, you can also find results at: http://speedskatingresults.com

For Brian Hansen's World Cup/World racing, visit: http://www.isuresults.eu

God Bless,
Nancy Jr.

1 Corinthians 9:25

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