After a stop off in Korea for a cancelled race, jet lag and little mistake that ended in a bruised and battered body at the US Nationals in Canyons, Utah I’ve finally arrived at the lovely province of Quebec, abounding with poutine and bustling with the french of North America. Its pretty weird how just a few hours drive in any direction will take you back into the world of the english speakers and out of this place in the middle of Canada where the people are passionately french. Quebec City is one of the cooler cities in North America I think. Walking around, the city seems old and foreign. I like it!
Today was the first training day of the World Cup here at a mountain called Stoneham which is about a half hour away from Quebec City. The course was good but the speeds were painfully slow because of the super cold temps. The snow is like styrofoam. Tomorrow is supposed to warm up here in french Canada which means the speeds will be higher as well. Looking forward to tomorrow and a good qualifier.
A long journey home from Korea on standby flights, missed connections, an unplanned layover in San Francisco and seizing the day to go to the Embarcadero (the equivalent of Seattle’s waterfront and Pike Place Market).
Late night arrival in Salt Lake City and built-up jet lag. But the game is on!
This is the Sprint Grand Prix and U. S. National title race, at The Canyons, Utah.
Time trials are on Friday. Finals on Saturday.
Everybody wants to win the green jacket. Callan had it in 2008. Yeah, I know, it’s a bit ‘PGA Tour’…
Callan was interviewed on Park City TV Thursday morning. http://parkcity.tv/live
NBC and Versus broadcast schedule, Eastern Standard Time:
Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix 2/19/2011 NBC 2:00 pm
U.S. SBX National Championships 2/19/2011 Versus 4:00 pm
Links for play-by-play action. Maybe.
Okay, so that didn’t go off as planned. The Yongpyong venue was cancelled due to safety concerns, according to official press releases.
A long trip for disappointment. Ah, well. But that’s competition.
Moving on, more racing to come!
Yongpyong is located in Gangwon-do Province, Mt. Balwangsan.
There’s a ton of interesting historic stuff in the region.
The DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) is now called the Peace and Life Zone. Click the image for link.