I hope that no matter where you are, you are surrounded by friends and family on this holiday!
The Last Prep-Season Training Block
Since my arrival home from Zermatt, I have been in Steamboat for two weeks, primarily working to improve my strength and conditioning one last time before competition season. Throughout the time I was in Steamboat, my teammates and I worked out for 3 high intensity sessions a day, with a focus on agility (quickness) and overall strength. At the end of camp, I completed one final strength testing before hitting the road in order to gauge all the strength I’d gained over prep season; I was extremely satisfied with the results, as I snagged a few new personal bests! Also during my last few days in Colorado, I journeyed to Loveland for a bit of on-snow flats training in order to keep things fresh before flying out to Ruka. Both the on-snow and gym portions of the camp were super productive, so I’m feeling more ready than ever going into the first events of the year!
Here We Go!
This Sunday, I depart for Ruka, Finland for the first World Cup of the year!! And, after spending a little less than two weeks in the wintery wonderland (and competing on December 9th) I’ll travel over to Thaiwoo, China (with my mom, who will come to watch this event!!), for two more World Cup events before I return home for Christmas. The preparation season has pretty much officially ended at this point, so I am excited for things to really get going!
Q&A with Olivia Giaccio by NBC Olympics
If you’d like to read a bit more about my thoughts about this upcoming season, and learn a little more about my training/competing, follow the link to a Q&A conducted by NBC Olympics on my behalf: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/qa-olivia-giaccio-olympic-freestyle-skiing-moguls-team-usa ! If you explore around the site, you can learn a bit about other Team USA Olympic hopefuls in all winter sports, as well!
I am Grateful for YOU!
Before signing off for a little while, I’d just like to take a moment (because it is Thanksgiving, after all), to express how thankful I am for those who have helped support me in my journey. First and foremost, I couldn’t be where I am today without my parents and all of their amazing support and love! (I can’t thank you enough.) To my coaches, who believe in me, no matter what, I am grateful. Thank you, also, to my sponsors — ID One USA, ID One Foundation, T2 Foundation, and Steamboat Resort — who are indispensable contributors to my journey. And, to all of you! Whether you have sent me a quick heartfelt message, donated to my RallyMe, or are simply following along with each update — THANK YOU!! Your support is invaluable. I am very, very appreciative to have the opportunity to compete at this elite level of mogul skiing while traveling the world, all because of my awesome team standing behind me and cheering me on along the way!!
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!
All the best,