Kris playing on the Olympics rings.
I have had a busy few months. I traveled to Sochi to compete at the Olympics where I raced in the 15k (9.3 miles), 30k (18.6 miles) and 50k (31 miles) races with diabetes. I kept my nerves under control and had no issues with my blood sugar levels during competition. My Omniod insulin pump worked flawlessly and I made a smooth transition to the Russian diet.
My Experience at the Olympics
Sochi was my fourth Olympic Games. At the previous three I was never able to get to the Closing Ceremonies, so I made attending them a priority this time around. This made the final day of the Olympics one of the most tiring of my life. It started with the 50k freestyle race at 11:00 AM. Afterwards, I packed up my room and traveled to the main Olympic Village. A few hours later it was time to get dressed to line up and walk. The noise and lights entering the ceremony were amazing and a very unique experience. The energy was all positive and very powerful.
After the ceremony, the team and I had to hang out in the village for a few hours before heading to the airport. It was now midnight and our flight did not leave until 3:30 AM. Needless to say, when I finally got home to New Hampshire I was about as exhausted as I have ever been. The Ceremony was worth it though.
Visiting the White House
Kris on the front lawn before walking to the main entrance.
On April 2nd, the entire Winter Olympic Team and I were invited to visit the White House. Once inside I was free to walk around. I particularly liked the painting of George Washington in the press room. President Obama greeted every athlete individually before addressing us as a group. Both he and the First Lady have an impressive and commanding presence. I really enjoyed their speeches.
On the Move
The next day, I flew home where I kept the excitement going by competing in the Waterville Valley Pond Skim. A Pond Skim is a hydroplane on skis across a long pool of water. I was able to make it across the pool, but Chris, the Chief Executive of the Waterville Valley skiing resort, came up a few yards short and took a drink. He didn’t seem to mind too much.
For my next trip, I attended the JDRF Indiana Promise Ball Fundraiser. The event benefits type 1 diabetes research and was a lot of fun.
In between all these trips I am trying to rest up to start training again in May. I will be racing full force next year with my eyes set on the World Championships in Falun, Sweden.