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First off… Happy New Year everyone! After a very laid back NYE at my girlfriend’s home in Morin Heights I am back on the road for a solid month of racing. Being home for the holidays was definitely nice and well deserved after all the time on the road since the beginning of November. I spent the holidays up at my family’s chalet at Mont Ste Marie, skiing, relaxing and having a good time.

After a few days of R&R I did some coaching at the club which was a ton of fun! I was floating between all the age groups and got to spend at least a few runs with all the kids in the club. The kids seemed to really enjoy, which made it really enjoyable for me as well! One of the funniest moments was when I suggested to the Nancy Greeners that we should have a race, and for the rest of the runs I was with them that was all they wanted to do! I even got my first piece of ‘fan mail’ during the week! Julia and Nicola Gilmour (who also live across the street from my chalet up at MSM) gave me this excellently illustrated congratulatory poster, along with some champagne. Needless to say I was very flattered, thanks girls!!

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The drawing is now proudly displayed on our fridge at the chalet 🙂

The support I received from everyone at the club was pretty overwhelming. I want to say a very sincere thank you to everyone who I talked to and supported me. I really appreciate it. I had no idea so many people followed the (non World Cup) circuit so closely. I’ve never experience anything like that and it was pretty awesome!

Right now I’m in Montreal with the rest of my team, awaiting an early morning departure to Killington, VT. We train in Killington for two days before moving over to Sunday River, ME for two Nor-Am GS’s and two slaloms. After those races we skip across the pond for a Europa Cup filled trip to Europe. We’ll be based in Kirchberg, Austria (the Canadian Ski Team’s home-away-from-home), with races in Austria, Italy and France.

I’m looking forward to carrying the momemtun from the last string of races before Christmas into this part of the year!