The start of the finals- Clusone, World Cup Sprint

The start of the finals- Clusone, World Cup Sprint

When getting the flu is a blessing in disguise:

It is never easy to stay healthy, virus free throughout the winter, especially when you have 2 young boys in your household. Juggling becomes something we get very good at as parents, and I am not talking about juggling 3 balls. I am talking about balancing work, play, family time, recovery, trainings, racings, laundry, cooking. Deciphering between what you have to really get down and what you could put off. My husband is good at reminding me about that because usually I try to do everything at once.

The women's finals

The women’s finals

So, when I came down with the flu after the World Championships, it was a blessing in disguise. Often we think sickness brings inconvenience to our busy lives and hinders our daily routines. However, it can be seen as a bridge we can cross from one state of being to another. It helps us reset our priorities, reconsider our purpose , and reinstate our ability to rise above adversity.  Sickness makes us slow down the pace of life and forces us to be humble.  It forces us to open our hearts and widen our horizons.

Finals

Nina in the finals with L. Roux in background

So, in a nutshell, being one who never gets sick, the flu forced me to slow down, take some well needed rest and also catch up on my other big commitment this year, my studies as a health coach.

“Not letting obstacles stand in our way, gives us wings.”

(lindsey vonn- post knee surgery)

Nina in action in the semi finals

Nina in action in the semi finals

Clusone, Italy World Cup:

I am excited to be the newly elected ISMF athlete representative. In Italy, I met with my colleague Yannick Ecouer of the Swiss National Team, as well as some others from the ISMF, to discuss our visions for the future of ski mountaineering. I am very excited to be a part of the visionary commitee for the sport of ski mountaineering at an international level. We are doing all that we can to help this sport reach an olympic level in the near future.

The finals

The finals

The Sprint Race:

It was a pleasure to race the sprint in Clusone. The organization did an exceptional job putting on a great show. It was a real treat have so many spectators there to watch. I had a strong qualification round, putting me into the semi finals, followed by  a strong semi final round. My final heat was strong too, but not strong enough for a podium this time. I finished a close 4th place overall, bringing home the chocolate medal as they say in France.

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The Individual Race:

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony

It was a beautiful course to race. I have to say I am usually quite strong on the flats, and the start of this race was flat, and I wore the wrong skins….hence no glide. None the less, a good training race for me here and good to get some endurance under my belt.

Next stop on the World Cup Tour: Andorra- Vertical & Individual