Wow, 6 weeks flew by.
Callan was home for Thanksgiving and then back to Colorado for US Team training and final preparation for the real launch of the season. Cousin Craig did driving duty from Denver to Telluride and hung out with the team for the weekend. They finished the training session with the second World Cup on the schedule, in Telluride.
Here’s a link for the FIS World Cup tour: http://www.fissnowboard.com/
It should be updated through the season. There are photographs of each race. Callan is in yellow pants in some.
NBC’s Universal Sports with a complete schedule and TV broadcasts: http://www.universalsports.com/snowboarding/index.html
Under the tab “Gallery”, there are photos.
A couple of days home for Christmas and back on the plane to Europe. Callan went to Switzerland a few days early to acclimate and get in an extra practice session. There are four major competitions in four weeks – three World Cup Olympic qualifiers and the X Games.
The team raced in Bad Gastein, Austria this weekend and are now driving to Veysonnaz, Switzerland to compete on Thursday.
Veysonnaz is in the French part of Switzerland (Valais conton) in the Rhone valley, near the Bernese Alps.
On the 17th, they’ll drive to Zurich and fly to Stoneham, Quebec.
Callan is currently ranked 27th in the World Cup tour and the pressure is on. She needs top scores and this is a tough field. These are the dedicated competition athletes, seasoned World Cup veterans and previous Olympians. The best in the world.
In an Olympic year, they are pulling everything out and the level of competition is fierce.