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USA Bobsled and Skeleton

What a week!

March 20, 2009, 5:36 p.m. (ET)
March 20, 2009

This past week was busy, busy, busy…

It all started with watching my hubby, Janson, play in a basketball tournament with some friends. It went into overtime, which always makes it exciting. In overtime, they were down by two points with six seconds left. The ball was passed in, and one of their guys went for a three…and missed. Janson rebounded the ball and popped it back out to another teammate on the three-point line (2 seconds… 1 second…). The guy released just before the buzzer….and…. SWOOSH! They won by one point!!! It was such a great game.

I went up to Park City on Tuesday and went down the track for the last time this season. I’ve had issues with my sled all season. I even had to borrow one for World Championships because mine broke in shipping. So I just wanted to make sure that my equipment would be okay for next year…Olympic year. It was so nice to be able to train without having the stress of preparing for a competition. It reminded me of why I first started this sport. Those 60 seconds on the track are amazing. It’s just you, your sled, the wind blowing through your helmet, the adrenaline rushing through your body, and of course, the speed! I love sliding.

Wednesday night was girls’ night out. My mom, two of my sisters and I all went to watch my cousin, Brighton, perform in Brigham Young University’s production of “Macbeth.” She played Lady Macbeth and did such an amazing job! Afterward, we got ice cream, of course!

I am the youngest of eight children, and my brother that is closest in age to me (three years older) has been in medical school and applying for a residency program. After much anticipation, as of yesterday, he got into the residency program that he wanted! Out of 300 applicants, only seven were accepted! (OK, so I’m a proud sister.) My whole family is getting together tonight to celebrate with a pizza party and cake (it better be chocolate).

Last night we had the Australian skeleton team over for dinner and games. They are sliding in Park City this week and then back to the great Down Under! I made creamy chicken enchiladas, rice, salad and strawberry shortcake for dessert. We had a blast playing the German card game Ligretto and then the all-time favorite bluffing game Balderdash. It is always strange to say goodbye at the end of the season because in our sport, it is pretty much six months on (where you see everyone every day) and 6 months off (where everyone goes home and you really don’t hear from anyone until the season begins again). It is great to be able to compete against the best in the world in a sport and still maintain those strong friendships. That’s really what the Olympics, and every competition between, are really about.

Well, it’s time to change a poopy diaper! Gotta go!

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