|Lorin Paley, World-class Skier • www.lorinpaley.com|
I hope your winter was as full of powder days as mine! Between races and trainings there was always new snow dumping like crazy! Although the conditions for race training were very difficult with all the soft snow, this year turned out to be a great success. I was introduced to the Telemark World Cup circuit and during my world cup debut race in Sugarbush Vermont, I consistently placed top ten. It was a good showing for my first world cup and the experience I gained will help me attain even better results next year. Along with making my world cup debut, I places second overall at US Telemark Nationals, and competed in high school racing on telemark skis. On an alpine note, I improved greatly in SG and SL. At Spring Series in Winter Park, I had one of the fastest first splits in SG before I crashed. In SL, I made improvements on my upper and lower body separation, ankle flexion and flow through transitions. It was a successful crossover from Smartwool to FIS racing.
In addition to my alpine racing I helped influence others this season. I helped coach other telemark skiers on the tactics of telemark racing and helped support high school telemark racing. Since it was the first year that telemark skis were allowed in high school racing, the first race had only three telemark skiers, all from Steamboat. By the end of the season we recruited an average of twenty telemarkers to compete from all over Colorado. I hope from exposing high school students to telemark skiing more kids will continue to try telemark racing.
In addition to success on the hill, I continued to excel in the classroom. I maintained straight A’s in all my courses and won the award for “road warrior” in chemistry, which is the teacher’s award for the student who excelled despite missing a lot of school (for ski races). Also, my original oratory for the Speech Team won two second place finishes in regional competitions. I appeared in Steamboat Magazine twice, Telemark Skier, on the RSN Today Show, in the Steamboat Pilot and competed in Colorado, Idaho and Vermont. I just found out that Steamboats Names and Numbers is putting a great shot of me skiing in their November edition of the phone book. I wrote several articles for the Steamboat Pilot under the Teen Style section.
This summer I will continue to train for next ski season along with competing in tennis, swim team, and attaining my lifeguard certification. Next year should be another fun and successful year. I am planning on competing at the Junior Telemark World Championships in Austria and more FIS races.
Once again thank you for your support this season. Sore No More helps with all of my aches and pains which I tend to get on a daily basis. I look forward to working with you again next season as well.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
|Hey Joe and Misha!
Lorin here with the update from the air over Washington, DC. What an exiting trip for my first time in Europe! We ran through the airport on a tight connection in Washington to start it off, and it seemed to stay at that pace all the way through. We arrived in Slovenia in possibly the biggest car there (a Mercedes Sprinter) to a foot of fresh cement (they called it snow). We must have jinxed ourselves in the car checkout by telling the car company, “We don’t need chains!” We pushed our white rocket out of a parking lot in front of race headquarters before even our first Slovenian meal to start a seemingly endless trend. We knocked out a rear reflector on the third day on Bohinj’s super skinny roads. The next time walkers and bikers ask for a road widening I will just have to pull out the photo of one of our many attempts at turning around. The snow that we arrived to in Slovenia (they are having their best snow year in Bohinj in ten years) turned to rain by the second training day. For every race day in Slovenia, it remained foggy and thick at the elevation of the race hill and clear at the top (an astonishing view!). That sort of weather made for some interesting attempts at photography by my parents.
The racing in Slovenia was a huge learning experience. The first day I mustered a great first run in the sprint putting me in fourth, but fell in the rappalucha right before the skate on the second run. I had a great skate in the second, so I only fell back into sixth. A fun day nonetheless, and I even had the chance to go onto the podium stage and get some cool sunglasses for my placing. The next day was tough. It rained all day, and since I was still adjusting, I was a little queasy on the first run. I stuck that one out, felt better after some time chilling in the lodge and got ready for my second run. When I landed the jump, I felt my binding give way and I looked down just in time to see my ski flying towards the fence at warp speed. It hit squarely and my ski broke unrepairably. Luckily one of the Austrian racers had a pair of her old skis that she sold to me on the spot. Talk about a silver lining!
After the “warm up race” we headed down to Austria in the sun, and we made a few stops along the way to world championships. World Championships were even more exiting than Bohinj. The terrain and the weather made for some extreme conditions the first day. It didn’t stop raining actually until right after we trekked through main street for the opening ceremony! The second day still had left over interesting snow from the rain, but the rain had ceased. The classic went extremely well for me in the Junior category with my first gold medal!! The next day, our day off of course, was perfectly sunny. We free skied all morning and took tons of pictures of the surrounding Alps. The sunny Alps are a sight to behold! After resting our lungs from the classic’s strenuous skate, we raced in the sprint. It was another successful day with another Junior #1. It is really one of the greatest things to hear your national anthem while standing atop the podium!
Even if I wrote a hundred pages to this email I wouldn’t even begin to scratch the surface of all the experiences I had! Now I am getting ready for the US Telemark Nationals that will be held at the end of the month in Steamboat. I was also wondering if you could please send out the Sore No More sample donations for this upcoming race, we are anticipating about 120 athletes to participate at some level.
Thanks again for your support on this incredible journey.
Your World Meister,