Posts in Notes From Jackie
2018 Reflections

It has taken me a long time to put down the following journey into words. To say these last 8 months have been life changing is an understatement. On February 3rd, 2018, I sustained a brutal season ending injury. My world came crashing down as I took a nasty spill in Garmisch, Germany. I tore my ACL, MCL, LCL, POL, lateral Meniscus, Tib/Fib Joint, broken Fibula with perennial nerve damage.

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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 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!!

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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 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.

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2017 Reflections

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.  

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Euro Bound 2017!

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. Still trying to find my race day speed in Downhill right now but I know it will come!

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Viva La Chile

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.

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2016 Reflections

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.

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Into Fall We Go!

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).

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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 in Chile.

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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?

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The Roller Coaster Ride of Life

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.

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Cheers to a New Year!

It is the time of year to reflect on the past 12 months, whether it was good or bad.  Most people scheme up fun/silly ideas for their New Year’s resolutions.  I remember mine last year was to give up desserts …didn’t last long as we headed straight to Europe and into enticingly mouthwatering treats. Maybe my will power will be stronger this year;)

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Race Season Is Here!

This is my first official post, and I am very excited to write and share my experiences with you all this season. It should be eventful, and I will try to keep you up to date and I will do my best to elaborate on all this season has to offer! All the ups and downs, seriousness and goofiness, and everything in between. I am home briefly now for Thanksgiving break, enjoying family time that I am always grateful for.

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