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World Champs Part Two

I have officially survived my first World Championships! It wasn't my best racing, but it was a learning experience. The past two weeks made me realize how much I need to improve in my ski speed in order to be competitive at the Senior level. I'm excited to get into the upcoming training season with new goals and new tactics on how to get faster, stronger, and overall more fit. Photo by Nordic Focus The 15 km Individual did not go well for me. It was around 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the race, and the snow was mushy and slow. My body just did not have the energy to get into race mode, and I felt like I was barely moving up the hills. I was happy to hit all of my prone shots, but I was real

World Champs Rookie

Well, the team and I have been in Austria for a week now and World Champs is about halfway done. This is my first time racing at World Championships, but it's not as scary as I was imagining. I was sort of expecting it to be filled with so much more pressure than a normal World Cup, but it feels pretty similar, which was a nice surprise. So far I've only had one race, the 7.5 km Sprint. I was excited going into this race, with expectations of shooting well and making the Pursuit. The race started out great, skiing felt smooth and strong and my prone shooting was perfect...then I started to only focus on the results and doing well, and this is when things went downhill. The skiing into my sta

Room 211

We're finishing up our 2 week training camp here in Italy, which consisted of a lot of skiing, shooting, eating, and sleeping. To be completely honest, I don’t think I ever thought this would be my life. It’s hard not to look back and think…how did I get here? A lot of people just assume that I always had this dream of becoming an elite biathlete; that I “followed my dream” by choosing this path. The reality is…I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and I still don’t. So, I just went for it. Boom. At first, it was a bit scary to be the exception to the rule; not going to college right out of high school. Now I’m happy I decided to take a different path. If I had chosen to go straigh

MADDIE PHANEUF

USA BIATHLETE

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