Mid Season Update

Some great adventures have happened since the new year!  After the two-week Christmas break we headed back over the pond to our first stop in San Pellegrino, Italy.  We were there for a week training

From the race track in Cortina, Italy.

block, getting back on snow before racing resumed.  San Pellegrino has lots of great skiing and probably some of the best views I have ever seen! The Italian vibes were fantastic and training even better!!

Next it was off to Bad Klienkircheim, Austria where once again this year the weather was tough. This created crapy conditions and an interesting race. This venue always seems to be brutal so we have labelled it jokingly as “bad time”.  The Downhill training run and race run ended up being on the same day, while the start was lowered due to poor visibility. The snow was very rough/challenging and none of us did all that well.  After that, we had to forget about the weekend and move on to the next stop!!

Reusch Head quarters!

With a quick stop in Boltzano with our glove sponsor Reusch, we were excited to get back to the best stop on our tour Cortina, Italy. We always tend to do well there, and this year was no different!!  Having a great mindset going into the races, we capitalized on the type of track that suits our style as a team.  In the past, I’ve struggled carrying my training speed into races.  Once again, I was fast in training, but I couldn’t get a mistake-free run on race day. During the second training day, I re-tweaked my knee, but luckily our awesome medical staff helped me get back out there for my race!

When I landed on the podium in third place on day two, it meant so much to me and gave me confidence proving I can still ski well through the knee pain and be fast.  I felt inspired by Lindsey’s pump-up report I received before my run.  It was a dream realized to be on the podium with her after all she has done to help my career.  A special weekend it was witnessing Jules’ retirement and sharing the joy of our teams podium success!

Poloroid Linds took at awards!

After a fun week in Cortina, I was able to come home for 5 days of rest & a quick visit with family.  I was blown away by the love and support from everyone regarding making the Olympic team.  I love being from Portland and having our amazing community behind me! Rose City Physical Therapy helped ease my knee pain, and now I feel more ready than ever to get back on the slopes!!

Next stop is Garmisch, Germany, and then it’s off to the OLYMPICS in PyeongChang, South Korea!!! I’m looking forward to competing in my second Winter Games, feeing more experienced than last time. I can’t wait to make incredible memories with my teammates & walk in the Parade of Nations, proudly representing our United States of America!!

 

 

Tackling The New Season

Once again a new season has kicked off and we are in full swing.   It’s my favorite time as we get to ski our little hearts out and see the results of our off season grind.  This summer was a tricky one for me as I found an 8mm tear in my left patella tendon with severe

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tendonitis.  It was hard to face this reality,  as I had been pushing my mild knee pain for the past 6 month thinking it was no big deal.  Looking at it as a positive, I was glad I had time to tackle this thing head on.  It was tough to miss two on-snow training blocks,  but I took it as an opportunity to really improve my weaknesses.  Let’s just say I have never done so much physical therapy and band work in my life.

Through this process, I feel like for the first time I’ve really listened to myself and I have taken  the lead in my own racing career.  It’s been great to really understand my body more and figure out what I need and how to accomplish that to be the best athlete I can be.

Super G in Saint Moritz, Switzerland

I had a wonderful team of Physical Therapists from our training center in Park City, in addition to Rose City Physical Therapy at home in PDX.   I was grateful for the amazing support & I was psyched to spend a lot more time in Oregon.  To all my Portland peeps,  if you’re ever in need of therapy, Rose City Physical Therapy is da place to be!!!!!!

 

Laurenne & I rockin’ our ugly sweaters

It was a little unsettling being off snow for three months, with the race season quickly approaching.  Once November came, I had a short window to get back on snow to see how the knee felt.  I was blown away by how terrific and strong it felt.  Of course, it’s all relative.  I couldn’t complain about my situation compared to what my teammate Laurenne was going through with her brutal knee injury she sustained in March.  This, however, was my first knee problem I’ve ever had to deal with, so it was all new, and three months felt like forever.

Power outages in Lake Louise

It was nice to get racing a month later and to get the built-up nerves out of the way.  Getting to see everyone again on the tour from all different countries is always a good time.  I’d like to think I know

many languages, but really it’s just a word in each.  Let’s be honest though, I am still working on my English.  😉

Anyways, the first three stops had some challenges with weather and such, but all in all it was a great time to be back with friends traveling the world skiing.  I can honestly say that I feel so lucky to call ski racing my job.  I’m enjoying some time home for the holidays with family, and then I’m back to Europe very soon!!!

Lindsey’s 78th Win.

It was awesome to see everyone on our team have a solid early season result!!  I hope 2018 continues to bring competitive unity, adventure and success for our squad!

Reflection, Lindsey Vonn Foundation & Summer Camp Scholarship by Directors Mortgage

Quick 2017 Refection:

Another season has come and gone just like that.  It feels like it was just yesterday that I was a rookie on the World Cup, the Olympics, and the excitement of my eyes wide open taking it all in.   After struggling for the next two season that would follow, it felt amazing to have a year that I am proud of.  Even though I was very inconsistent, it was a big step in the right direction.    Looking back I ponder the question of why and how I can change that moving forward.  It’s crucial as an athlete to recognize what I am doing different on days of success.  I need to be able to harness and replicate the feelings in those moments to be able to ski to my potential everytime I click into my skis.  Whether it’s physically or emotionally every athlete needs to have those triggers.  I think as a human this is something that we might not fully learn, and continually develop as we grow.

Once the season finished my mind immediately shifted towards next season.  While I’ve done a bit of reflecting/a lot of gym time, I noticed this abundant feeling of gratitude that I felt I must express.  The support that I’ve had to this point still blows my mind.  Even though it’s an individual sport, it truly is a team effort.  As I would not be where I am without all the support all around me, there is one that sticks out a little more these past two years.  The Lindsey Vonn Foundation.
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LVF:
It all started two years ago at a summer camp in New Zealand.  Us ladies were all sitting around enjoying dinner, when the topic funding came about.  The ski team used to be fully funded but over the more recent years some athletes have had to find the means elsewhere.  Being one of them, my story came about that I was one of these athletes in need of help to keep pursuing my dreams.  When Lindsey found this out she took it upon herself.  She made me the first ever Ambassador to her foundation, and out of her own pocket generously funded my season.  These past two seasons have been a massive learning curve and I gained so much more than just her helping my cause.  She has really taken me under her wing and guided me into this professional athlete world.  Having the opportunity to learn from the best female skier in history is absolutely incredible, priceless, and I’ve tried to absorb as much as possible!!  On and off the hill she has not only become a great mentor but great friend.  This post is about spreading the love of compassion and kindness to a fellow teammate in need.  I give many thanks to the LVF foundation.  Please learn more and donate if you can to help a great cause empowering young women through sport!  www.lindseyvonnfoundation.com
Director’s Mortgage Camp Scholarship:
Through this process, I’ve been inspired to give back.  Seeing how much Lindsey has helped me continue pursuing my journey, I hope to do the same to younger racers.  This summer at my home mountain in Oregon, I will hold the second annual Jackie Wiles White Pass Ski Camp on Mt. Hood.  It wasn’t that long ago that I was attending this White Pass camp with my friends.  It is fun to be back skiing and having fun with young rippers, and my old coaches!
I am very fortunate that one of my sponsors Directors Mortgage is helping me give back this year.  They are providing a scholarship for a kid to join camp who is in financial need.  I am very grateful for the support of Directors Mortgage family and their generosity!!
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Euro Bound 2017!!

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Back to Europe I head once again tomorrow to start racing in the new year! I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two weeks at home in Portland, Oregon with friends and family. This was a much needed
holiday break after the sub-par start to the race season. After my DH let downs it was nice to get one solid SG result with a 10th in Lake Louise. I am still trying to find my race day speed in Downhill right now but I know it will come. I am skiing well in training and soon will connected that into race mode. I am looking forward to the many fresh new opportunities with much more racing ahead this season:) Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and let’s go 2017!!!!!!

A couple pics in Europe before Christmas!

Beautiful Rapallo
Beautiful Rapallo

 

Enjoying some down time in between races on the Italian coast!
Enjoying some down time in between races on the Italian coast!

 

 

 

Viva La Chile

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Another camp has come to a close and I find myself once again reflecting. It’s in these moments at the end of trips that I always feel extra grateful for the life that I am living. Constantly on the go, living out of my suitcase, ever changing airport terminals, excited for the next adventure that’ll lie ahead. It certainly takes its toll constantly being on the go, but then I remember this is what I dreamed of doing as a little girl. Of course it’s tiring at times, but I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

post ski tanning sesh
team tanning sesh

This last trip was three weeks in Chile. The first two spent in Portillo with the full speed group. Then a couple of us younger gals headed

Santiago:)
Santiago:)

for one more week in Valle Nevado. We slipped down to Santiago in between blocks and were excited tourists during Chile’s Independence Day on the 18th of September.  We immersed ourselves into the culture by attending a large festival.  After a couple days recovering at low elevation we headed back up to over 9,000ft to continue our training.

Alice and I taking a lovely dip in the frigid water
Alice and I taking a lovely dip in the frigid water

This year I didn’t ski that well most of the time which was pretty frustrating. If there is one thing I’ve learned it’s that sometimes you

Trekking out of the lake run
Trekking out of the lake run

need to struggle a bit before you progress. I am testing different setups with my equipment and I think that will really help when it all comes together. Not skiing to my potential can be rough, but I still got a lot out of the last week, and I’m looking forward to skiing again come November in Colorado!

One of many beautiful sunsets!
One of many beautiful sunsets!

Until then it’s more gym time to get stronger! I’m excited to be heading home just in time to get antsy for my upcoming adventures!

Reflections of the past year and moving forward

Another year is quickly approaching, and I couldn’t be more excited. Since my last post, so much has happened and I can honestly say that I am the happiest and most prepared as I have ever been, as I enter my 4th season on the US Ski Team.

Coming off last season’s deflation was tough. I had set such high expectations and was ready to conquer my goals, unfortunately fell a bit short. This sport is so tough and it teaches you many lessons. I think determination is a quality that a successful athlete must acquire. Falling short of expectations many more times than not, can hurt. But being able to learn, grow and move forward is a tremendous asset.

Moving forward, I feel it is important to shed light on the ups and downs this journey realistically entails. There would be no reward if it was easy to achieve. I want this blog to be more inspirational, yet honest about the hard work and perseverance necessary to be a successful ski racer. You need to own your journey wherever you are in that process and be proud of it.

Here is a run down on how this past season played out.

The season started off great with momentum rolling after Lake Louise and Val-d’lsere. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t seem to carry that into January and throughout the rest of the season. It is challenging, both mentally and physically, to underachieve on expectations. I finally hit a breaking point at the end of the season. I was tired of skiing. This was a new feeling and one that I had never felt or experienced and it was terrifying. I love skiing. I love racing. I love the sport and all that it encompasses. Reconstruction of how the season played out was difficult. As many of you know, there are so many variables in our sport, which makes it challenging to decipher the reasoning behind results. In reflection, I believe I over-skied, not allowing my body and mind enough rest. I knew I had it in me to ski fast as I felt like I was skiing well in training, but just couldn’t put it together on race day. There again, I had to analyze if I was trying too hard on race day. Who knows the exact reasoning. But, once things in January didn’t go my way, I panicked. In response to that, I decided to stay in Europe longer to train in an attempt to get something going so as to finish off the season strong. I felt fine at the time, and it seemed like I would be able to handle the load. In the end, my mind and body abandoned me. In my attempt to keep trying harder and pushing myself more, I learned an important lesson: sometimes less is more and strategic rest is the answer.

The moment you struggle, fall down and realize everything will be ok, is when you learn from your experiences and with fortitude and determination, form a new plan to bounce back – tougher and stronger. While outcomes may affect my career, in reality, I am just blessed to be doing what I am doing. That said, by experiencing and appreciating the lows, I am able to enjoy and cherish the highs.

With much needed rest this past spring, I am in a positive state of mind. In July, I was excited to be in New Zealand and back on snow again. The training was awesome and it felt good to be back with my teammates, coaches and all the staff.  New Zealand is by far one of my favorite countries. The natural beauty is absolutely gorgeous, and I would recommend New Zealand on everyone’s bucket list. The opportunity to spend it with my ski family, made it that much more special. Now after a break at home, we are headed to Chile. Its time to strap on the long boards and let’em rip. YEEEEHAAAAAA – I love this sport!

Gorgeous view flying into New Zealand!
Gorgeous view flying into New Zealand!
Hanging out with the kids of St. Joseph's School in Queenstown!
Hanging out with the kids of St. Joseph’s School in Queenstown!
Getting silly after training:)
Getting silly after training:)
Sunset at the Lake Ohau Lodge:)
Sunset at the Lake Ohau Lodge.

Into Fall We Go!

Hello family, friends, and encouraging supporters. Life has been wickedly fun and crazy since the season ended. Being home for a little bit after the season is always a must. Decompressing and relaxing after a long winter on the road is stupendous!

Mid-April my teammates Stacey, Alice, and I took a PSIA clinic at Snowbird in Utah. PSIA stands for Professional Ski Instructors of America. I am now a fully certified level 300 ski instructor (never thought I’d say that, haha). This was a great opportunity for us athletes to look into the fundamentals from a coaching perspective. I learned a lot from this program and have seen it pay off in my own self-reflection.

Our team spent a good amount of time training together in Utah with our strength & conditioning coach Eirik in May and June. I was fortunate to have some quality time at home in July.

BIG NEWS:  During my time at home, I finally signed my contract with Nike.  Being from Oregon this has been a dream of mine ever since I can remember.  I am proud to be a local athlete of this powerful company and love the opportunity to showcase their products.  I believe it is important to empower women through sport and I intend to advocate that. #nikewomen #justdoit !!!

My trainer Troy whom I workout with while home.  He has been with me since day 1! Such an amazing guy.  Check him out at Clubsport Oregon.
My trainer Troy whom I workout with while home. He has been with me since day 1! Such an amazing guy. Check him out at Clubsport Oregon.

While being home in July, I coached for my old program, The White Pass Ski Club at Mt. Hood for a week. It’s always fun to go up to the mountain I grew up on, and I coached alongside the coaches who helped get me to where I am today. It’s fun to hang out and goof around with the young girls. It feels nostalgic and I see a lot of myself in them. I feel deep gratitude to be able to give back and inspire young racers. It wasn’t all that long ago I was in their ski boots making laps on the slopes with my friends (aka the gaper gang we called ourselves). I feel that it’s my part to help in any way I can.

Heli-Skiing down undaaaa:)
Heli-Skiing down undaaaa:)

Come end of July, it was off to New Zealand for three weeks to get back on snow with the whole team. It was the first time since our season ended. Our coaching staff was mostly new again, so getting used to each other and the way we work together is a must. The first ski block of the summer tends to be more technique based, so a lot of gs was our main focus. Fundamentals and volume are important. This camp was very productive and I even figured out some issues with my setup towards the end:)

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After being home for two weeks working hard in the gym, we headed south again for more winter skiing (summer in the Northern Hemisphere). This was my fourth trip to Chile and first time to Portillo. I was in awe of this place and the rich history of skiers who have come before me. Walking around the hotel are pictures of past teams who made Portillo their training hub. It is the best place for

Decided to catch some air in downhill training!
Decided to catch some air in downhill training!

speed training, with the firm snow, tough terrain, and fast speeds. Even though the second week consisted of a massive snow storm that left us going stir crazy, it was an extremely productive camp. One of the factory guys from Rossignol canted my boots to fit my body alignment better, and now I am feeling so much stronger and in balance over my skis. It has made a huge difference, and I am skiing the best I ever have! It’s crazy how something so minimal can make a huge difference.

Beautiful sunsets in Portillo:)
Beautiful sunsets in Portillo:)

The summer is winding down and fall is knocking on the door. The excitement of the new season is flowing through me and I can hardly wait to start racing again. All of our on-snow prep period is finished until we head to Colorado at the end of October.

Now, it’s back to hard gym training and mentally preparing for the race season. It is quickly approaching and I anxiously looking forward to it!

Next stop Utah!!!!!!

Much love, Jacqueline

New Zealand Highlights

Our trip to New Zealand this year was a blast as well as productive.  With it being our first on snow camp since busting our butts in the gym all summer we were able to put our increased strength to the test.   We also have a good amount of new staff joining us so it was all about getting on the same page and learning to work together.  It was a solid block of technical training before we get into higher intensity speed training which is coming up at the end of the month in Portillo, Chile. This video is a compilation of different types of skiing we were fortunate to experience while in New Zealand.  Sometimes we get to play as well as train.  Lot’s of pow-pow!!!!!!!! Hope you enjoy:)

Woes to Wins

After my last long journey in Europe, I am now finally back in the US. I sit here reflecting on my races pondering what I could have done differently to have had better outcomes.  Did I not prepare enough, was my focus lacking, or simply was my skiing just not good enough?

Word Champs Super Combined
Word Champs Super Combined

I can sit here and beat myself up in my head debating my reasonings. My conclusion is that I must not focus on the past and what I cannot change.  Instead, let it go and focus on my future and what I can do differently.  Ski racing is brutal with all the ups and downs that come with the sport.  It seems inevitable to have more downs than ups.  I have found that in order to be successful you have to find a way to make a positive in every every situation.   Learning from your past is a big aspect of moving forward and evolving.  You benefit from every experience whether you realize it or not, positive or negative.

Women empowerment through Sport!
Women empowerment through Sport! Hanging with the local girls in Vail/Beavercreek!

Looking back what bothers me the most is the promise and hope this season held.  I was skiing the best I had and more ready than ever.  The expectations were higher and I was ready with full force, eager to make a big splash.  Not living up to my expectations and accomplishing  my goals, I feel that I have let people down who  were supportive, and believed in my abilities.   I am grateful for my family and friends who love me no matter my results.  I truly tried my best and that is all I could have done.  I am comforted by knowing as long as I keep working hard, the results will come.  I need to no longer be the young rookie who is wide eyed.  After my first full season on the World Cup tour it is clear that there is nothing I can’t handle and should be intimidated about.  At times, I skied bad, others conditions were not in my favor,

Feeling like Mountaineers!
Feeling like Mountaineers!

as well as young mental errors I need to fix.  After being frustrated countless times I know it is momentary and I can’t be hard on myself.  Although I am not proceeding in the path at the moment I had envisioned, I still have more racing ahead of me.  I had hoped to make it to World Cup finals in Mèribel, France, but now I must give it my all and finish the season strong at Nor-Am finals/US Nationals in Sugar Loaf, Maine.  I am committed to ending the season strong and giving it every ounce that I have left.  I’m excited and looking forward to more opportunities to compete.  Racer Ready…GO!!!!!!

Bankso, Bulgaria
Bankso, Bulgaria
Being tourists and checking out Castles!
Being tourists and checking out Castles!
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. This castle is what Walt Disney replicated the infamous Disney Castle from!
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. This castle is what Walt Disney replicated the infamous Disney Castle from!

Rolla – Coastaaaa – Ride

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St. Moritz, Switzerland

This past month of racing hasn’t gone quite the way I would have like it to. Like many sports, ski racing is full of ups and downs, many factors swaying the outcomes. Weather won out at times, and we weren’t able to compete. My skiing wasn’t what I had hope for, but I had to stay positive. I am a true believer in good energy and positive mental power, the power of one’s mind. I had to stay confident in my skiing if I wanted a chance. Finally, St. Moritz, Switzerland provided

My fun encounter with the fence.
My fun encounter with the fence.

new opportunities. I was skiing very fast in training and finally once again everything felt right. Race day I gave it my all but caught an edge, propelling my body into the net at 60 mph. You win some and lose some, and I was lucky to have only suffered a knee sprain. Forgetting the crash, I will take the confidence into my next races. When I would get down on my non-existent results, I would remind myself just how fortunate I am. The life that I am getting to live is amazing, my love for skiing and the places and experiences it has provided for me.

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Cortina, Italy

The men’s ski team lost lost two amazing guys who skied into an avalanche in Austria. Hitting us all hard, we had to take a step back and reflect on their impacts they have made in our sport. Ronnie and Bryce were two of the nicest, loving boys around who had such a

Honoring our Bryce and Ronnie.
Showing our respect for Bryce and Ronnie on our helmets. Photo Cred: Lindsey Vonn

passion for skiing it was contagious. This left us wondering why things like this happen. Sometimes we get caught up in our sport and forget the true reason we ever got involved. These boys will never be forgotten, and we will all be ripping down mountains in their honor!

Now I am in the USA reflecting on the roller coaster my trip was, at times throwing my hands high screaming while enjoying the ride, other moments feeling sick like I wanted to throw up (caught a cold at one point). In the end, even scared at moments, I still had a heck of an exciting ride. Next up is World Championships in Vail/Beaver creek, Colorado. I am beyond grateful and blessed to get this opportunity to join in the festivities and represent my country, competing among the best in the world! Stay tuned!!!

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