Lessons learned, goals achieved and vacation done

2 a cupen

                 Happy moment – standing on the cup podium with a swedish friend

It´s been a crazy, funny, fast, interesting, dreamy, cool and lovely season. I´m very proud and pleased with what I achieved. It was also many new situations and things to learn about my self and to handle the pressure.
I want to thank everyone for their support and help from coaches, teammates, service, sponsors, family, friends, physios, without your pieces in the pussle I could never have done this!
Before the racing in Åre it was a lot of talk about the the GS globe. I forgot for a moment to focus on my skiing and didn´t feel the normal joy to race, I was not comfortable.
I love to race and that´s why I´m skiing, so day 2 in Åre I relaxed remembered why I´m doing this and then it was happy thoughts again!

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                          3 rd place in Lenzerheide, 5th podium in GS this season
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            This lady – Pernilla Wiberg gave me a lot of inspiration and made me dream                                about  podiums in the world cup when I was young

Rest mood
It was nice to get away on vacation, spend some more time Jonas, rest the body and brain and think of something totally different.

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Kram Jessica

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Grande finale

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Photo: Sophie Odelberg

Podium in Åre was a really emotional moment for me!

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Good days in Åre with support from friends and family and great work from the organization. Beatiful up there as always!

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The finish area in Lenzerheide

What an atmosphere here in Lenzerheide, fun to see.
So the last World cup race for this season is tomorrow. It will be an exciting race for sure. One of my dream goals since a long time will be achieved tomorrow, starting with Nr 1, cool 🙂
Hope your cheering, good night.

Skiing again

Åre was showing its best side these last days. Beatiful sunsets, clear sky, good conditions on the slope. Good training company & it was fun and nice to ski again! Thanks for the federation office people helping out with training, they have a big heart for the sport and since our coaches has been all over the world last days their help was really valuable.

Now back home for some days and then gathering with the whole team again next week in Åre 😀

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had a nice wood burning sauna last weekend with Jonas, perfect recovery after a nice birthday party for some friends!

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last evening from Sochi

Drömmen som inte blev verklighet

Mycket tankar har kommit och gått sista dygnen för min del. Jag kom hem tomhänt utan medalj, inte som i mina drömmar med någonting skinande runt halsen. Jag hade förberett mig väl, gick in med inställningen att köra järnet som vanligt.
Nervös på morgonkvisten, kändes i magen att idag var dagen jag väntat på så länge. Kunde köra min grej i första åket, åkningen fanns där, bra tempo och ja låg på en andra plats inför det andra åket en halvsekund efter ledande Tina Maze.
Det var vädermässigt en tuff dag, med mycket regn, snöblask och dimma som kom och gick och som resultat av det blir ju även underlaget lidande men det saltades till tusen för att få det att hålla ihop.
I det andra åket, stämde det inte längre, jag kom inte in i åkningen från början, missade spåren som blivit, fastande i hål i banan, glasögonen snöade igen så jag fick dra bort det med handsken under åkets gång, jag var i otakt och det blev en alltmer statisk åkning, i sista branten tänkte jag ändå att det kanske känns så här för alla? Men icke, jag kom imål på en 6:e plats och luften gick ut mig totalt, besvikelsen var enorm, drömmen blev inte verklighet och jag hade en chans som jag aldrig kommer få tillbaka, detta var mitt sista OS jag var i mitt livs form och jag försökte men räckte inte till…
Många tårar senare var det dags att ta sig hemåt och packa ihop, men jag är glad att jag har så fina tränare och lagkamrater som sa många väl valda ord!

Nu är det dags att blicka framåt, jag har fortfarande 3 WC tävlingar kvar och en cup att försöka vinna, två av dessa tävlingar körs på hemmaplan i Åre. Jag mår bra är frisk och hel och livet består ju av annat än bara skidåkning även om den utgör en stor del av min tid. Detta är sportens värld!

Nu ska jag heja järnet på mina grymma teammates i morgondagens slalom, Maria & Frida är i topp form och de har fina möjligheter för medaljer!! Forza Forza

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Photo: Daniel Stiller /Bildbyrå

My dreams about a Olympic medal didn´t come true, I came home without this shining thing around my neck. I did my preparations, I was as prepared as I could be, but it didn´t go my way. I had a good first run, second place after Tina Maze half a second behind. But in the second run I never find the rhythm, the tempo or the tracks, I was behind, late in the tracks hit some holes and my goggles got blocked from the snow/rain. It was a tough day with the rain, snow and fog and the snow got pretty rough.
Skiing got more and more static, but I kept thinking positive, maybe it does feel like this for everyone, but not.. I was 6th in the finish and ended up 7th in the end.
The disappointment was brutal, I knew this was once in a life time chance, I will never ski the Olympics again and I blew the chance..
But life goes on, after a lot of tears and good support from family, friends and teammates and coaches I´m now looking forward for the upcoming 3 wc races and 2 of them we will have in Åre!! I will try to rech my other dream, to win the Giantslalom globe.
This is the world of sports!

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My lovely teammates!

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Christian Thoma & Fredrik Steinwall have a big part in our success this winter

bild 4; Detta var det jag såg av Sochi, vid inflygningen!

This is what I saw of Sochi – from the plane on arriving day

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Happy 30 year old!

Today I´m leaving home for pre camp in Norway. Looking forward to do some turns again and get some quality training in =)
Countdown has really started, fun following all reports, athletes Pictures and the new from Sochi. Before I was Always on the Olympics from the starts since I did the downhill back then, so it´s a new situation to able to Watch it from home for a couple of days.
The 11th I´m flying over to Sochi and by that time I want to have a good tempo in the body, nice feeling with my skiing and a relaxed head, that´s my goal!

med OS elden i bakgrunden..

From Torino with the Olympic flame in the bakground

My days as twenty something disappeared today since I´turned 30!!!
Had a really nice celebration dinner the other night with my family. I´m really looking forward to see what this new chapter in life has to give 🙂
You can also follow me on twitter and instagram as always during the Olympics and in  Swedish on www.osbloggen.se

Kram

Mina dagar som 20åring är over eftersom jag fyller 30 idag! Känns bra på något vis, ingen nojja eller kris än i alla fall.. Ser fram emot och se vad det här nya kapitlet i livet har att ge.
Idag åker jag till Norge på Pre camp i 3 dagar, sedan bär det av mot Sochi, spännande att följa de som redan är på plats, kolla bilder och följa nyhets flödet.
Något nytt för mig så jag varit på plats redan från start de 2 andra OS jag varit på.
Jag vill åka från Norge med en skön känsla i åkningen, bra tempo i kroppen och en avslappnad harmonisk inställning. Ni kommer kunna fortsatt följa mig här, på twitter och instagram som vanligt under OS.

Kramar Jessica

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Firande med familjen

From Cortina with <3 & snow

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It´s every year kind of the same words from this place, but I can´t help that this is the favourite stop on the tour. I let the pictures speak for it self.
The new thing this year was that we spend two race weeks here, first week was not so good for alpine racing. It was snowing constantly for about 4 days, it came over 1m of snow, amazing how much snow that can come just like that and in this village you notice it pretty well on the small narrow roads around. So no races that weekend..
But then the last weekend we had normal Cortina weather and good conditions on the slope almost all days.
I was happy with my first SG race, then skiing was working fine and with some mistakes I ended up 18th and only 0.35s from top 10.
I did my first DH race this year =) kind of fun but I´m slow..
Second SG didn´t turn out the way I wanted, I was behind already from the start and it was dark and windy, I came late and missed a gate. Pretty unfair conditions with the sun and wind but I guess that´s outdoor sport.

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Team CANSWENOR!

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Crowded on inspection sometimes

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Fun that Julia brings Anna around for a week

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Best Fan Club on place

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The only snowy pictures

Now it´s time for training in Tarvisio for the upcoming GS race on Saturday in Kranjska Gora //Jessan

Summarize 2013

So 2013 was a good year, I was happy and healthy and that’s the most important things!

Sweden had a really nice summer which I have good moments from mostly with Jonas but also other family and friends. Boat trips, dinners, training, motivation going up and down, some back problems, a lot of travelling both with the team and private. Some days in Nice in end of September brought me back in harmony! quite days in the apartment, a Great world championship in Schladming in Februari. I became a rep for the alpine women in the athletes commission in FIS, early mornings and off course the biggest memory of the year will be when two of my dreams came true when I won the GS race in Beaver creek and I’m still wearing the red bib 🙂

Enjoy some photos below!

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Dream victory!

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2:nd Michaela Schiffrin USA / 1:st Me SWE / 3:rd Tina Weirather LIE

I made it! I won a Giant slalom race and it was amazing standing up there on the top again. Most emotion came through my mind when they played the national anthem, then it was close to tears but they didn´t come, normally I can be a bit sensitive and have close to tears both happy and sometimes sad tears so I was a bit surprised.

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I took the lead with 0.9s when I came down with nr 7 in the first run, only that feld like a victory it self. Everything felt easy and I just try to push and go straight and let the skies go all the way, it´s a lovely harmony when everything is fitting, in my bubble mentally and the skiing and timing is there.
Then in the end I was leading 0.44s before Schiffrin and 0.63s before team mate Maria PH.

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The waiting between the runs were nervous and looong, but it was nice having Maria PH around and we were chatting in the lift together and said we have to take the chance =)
On start I came down and felt more normal and could focus on doing my thing and it was enough for victory, yippy, glad, relieved, happy, I made it… a lot of thoughts came through my mind when I saw the green light!!!

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Two dream goals achieved  – win in GS & wearing the red leader bib

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Kajsa and Mitch meeting a raptor

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Happy for Maria´s Personal Best in 4th place!!! Good Swedish day

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Great weekend for Rossignol

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Lojze – the best service man you can get. He is a big part of my success, always happy, doing fast skies and a good person to discuss and make plans with, thank you for everything!

And then I would like to thank all of my loved family and friends for your support and believing in me especially Jonas for always being there for me no matter what ❤
Also to the coaches and team mates in the team for a inspiring tour life and coaching help off course. All sponsors who make it possible to get here!

Now it´s time to aim for new goals! //Jessi

Beaver Creek

 

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So a bit of an update here from Colorado. We had 3 good SG sessions in Copper, nice to get some more speed in and it´s such a nice hill there. We also did some GS in Vail, it´s working fine in GS but I´m trying to let the skies go even more.
On our day off we went to Denver for some shopping, found some good stuff for me and christmas gifts!

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It´s steap and turny

I skied the DH yesterday without success, but it was good to feel the slope and get to know the terrain. Tomorrow it´s time for GS training again and then it´s show time on Saturday and sunday 🙂
Forgot to tell you that we had a Swedish chef cocking for us in Vail the first days, so good to get real food over here and a Swedish touch on it, they call him “the tall swede” but his name is Mats, thank you for all lovely food!!

Ciao amigos //Jessica