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Update: March 31, 2010
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Well, first of all I should say thank goodness Kieran blogged for me during the Olympics! He did a great job, and it was a nice break.. So nice in fact that it's been hard to get into the blogging groove again. Kieran did such a good job that I just don't feel like I can measure up to the expectations of the blogging that's been going on lately!
But enough about my brother, this is my blog!
Obviously, I have been reflecting internally a lot lately about this past year, and my in particular my Olympic experience. The Olympic experience was without a doubt the highlight of the year. My results were not quite what I had in mind, but being a part of one of the most successful cross country teams ever was inspiring to say the least.
On top of that, having so many friends and family in Whistler to cheer me on was amazing. Our team worked incredibly well together to produce some amazing results, and although there were no medals, some of the boys were painfully close, and it was tough to watch the disappointment, it was also a success and very encouraging for the future of our sport.
In thinking about my Olympic debut, I must recognize that a number of people helped me get there. I could not have done it alone. All of the staff on our team, coaches, wax techs, therapists, doctors, administrators and sponsors were a part of the journey. We have a very dedicated team working around us, and they did a great job.
On a more personal note, my parents and Kieran have of course been instrumental in my development as a skier from the very beginning. My family, from grandparents to aunts, uncles and cousins, were all very well represented in Whistler, and I am incredibly appreciative as they are some of my biggest fans and best supporters. My friends both in Almonte and elsewhere have been behind me cheering loudly.
To my sponsors, Crawford Adjusters, of course Fresh Air Experience, as well as the Ontario government and CANFund who have made the last four years possible, thank you.
A big thank you to all, and I'm more excited than ever about the four years that lie ahead and giving things another go in Sochi!
17.02.2010, Whistler, Canada (CAN): Perianne Jones (CAN), Fischer
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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010
Perianne Jones: Distance Skier???
With her promotion to the starting grid of the Women’s Pursuit, Perianne was a little surprised. The last time she had skied this event/distance was roughly a year ago at the World Cup test event at Whistler Olympic Park. For someone who has spent the better part of her training hours focusing on sprinting, and especially classic sprinting, 15km is a bit of a departure. However, Olympic starts only roll around every four years – might as well use the opportunities if you are able. And in ski racing, anything can happen. Sometimes you feel awesome and have the race of your life – sometimes you bury your head in a snow bank and toss in the towel (even Justyna Kowalczyk has come 22nd once this year). In a deep field including all the usual suspects, Perianne was given lucky bib 64. In the Olympics you start based on your FIS points, and the lower the FIS points the better spot on the starting grid you get. Perianne’s FIS points of 92.02 are not too shabby, but don’t exactly qualify for the front line.
Caption: Where’s Perianne??? Hint: Look for red boots and a Canadian suit.
After a mostly uneventful start, Perianne settled down into a holding pattern. As the pack wasn’t pushing the pace too hard, and classic skiing is kind of her ‘thing’, Perianne figured she would ski a strong 7.5 km classic section, and then fade like no bodies business when she switched over to skate skis. Simple game plan, no?
Well, after the first 3.75 km loop, Perianne was sitting comfortably behind her teammate Madeleine Williams, and not too far off the large pack. The sun was shining, the skis were gripping, the temperature was rising (13 degrees Celsius – fun to stand and watch, but not really to ski) – things were looking great for lucky bib 64.
Caption: Perianne sitting nicely behind Madeleine (bib 54) on the first uphill out of the stadium on the second classic lap. Check out bib 12 – top seed dropping like a stone.
After another quick 3.75 km, Perianne and her surrounding friends cruised into the exchange zone, giving us an opportunity to over-analyze some statistics. At the ‘pit stop’, as the ski exchange is called, Perianne was sitting in 51st. Not too shabby. However, in what is arguably the most important stat category, the ‘Pit Stop Exchange Time’, Perianne laid down her classic equipment and bombed into her skate gear in a blistering 27 seconds flat, good enough for a tie for 34th with Britta Johansson Norgren. The correct response here is “cool! I have no idea how that’s relevant!”
Caption: Perianne exhibiting the proper way to put on your poles while still hustling. And more importantly, not crashing.
With rarely raced upon skate skis on her feet, Perianne set about tackling the 7.5 km skate course. With little experience distance skate racing this season, Perianne managed to set a pretty comfortable pace, and was extremely pleased with the speed she was able to keep over the skate section. While she did drop a few places, she did not fade anywhere near as badly as she had suspected she would. End result in Olympic Race #2: 57th place, doing the all important beating of your bib number.
Caption: Perianne “Wow, 15 km is a lot longer than 1.4 km”. I think she looks a little tired.
Two Olympic races down, and the relay to come. The time at Whistler Olympic Park is just flying by!
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