This article was originally published on Georgia Simmerling's website.
Two podiums after three races is feeling pretty sweet heading into World Champs next week in Austria! I am excited to see all the other Canadian freestyle ski and snowboard athletes and hopefully catch some slopestyle and half pipe athletes going BIG!
Here’s the link to read more about World Champs!
It’s amazing how a slight change in your mental approach can change your physical outcome. I have made some small changes to my approach in my races this season, focused on the things I worked so hard on during the summer and fall as oppose to focusing on negative things in my skiing, and the outcome has been positive!
We’ve had this week off from skiing so some of us flew home for a few days to see family and some of us decided to stay here in Europe at our base hotel which is situated outside of the city of Munich among beautiful farmlands and quaint little streams and lakes.
We cruised around downtown Munich earlier in the week. I was once again in a never ending state of appreciation and awe taking in the city’s beautiful sites. Whether we are a stopping through a small mountain village for lunch on our way to our next venue, or have a few days off to explore a new city, I take a moment to absorb where I am in the world, heighten my imagination and reflect upon what took place thousands of years ago right where I am at that moment in time. Having an immense appreciation for architecture due to the fact that my father in one of the most artistic people I know in this world, when we are overseas I am always astonished and appreciative by the beauty of European architecture I am privileged to see.
Later in the week we hopped in the van and drove a few hours to cheer on our alpine ladies tech team in a night slalom race. There were 25,000 fans at the bottom of the race drinking glüwein and cheering on their respective favourites under the lights. We cheered for Erin as she skied her way to a 12th place finish! It was quite the night. If you are not familiar with glüwein I highly recommend you google the drink and host a german theme party this weekend.
Spending relaxing mornings drinking coffee, going on solo jogs getting lost, running into pastures of horses and watching the sunset over the fields, keeping sharp and speedy with my plyometrics and agility, lifting weights staying strong, zenning out doing yoga on my own, fishing for hours with the owner of the hotel in a near by lake, this week has been so peaceful and I am ready and excited for the crazy schedule of training and racing at World Champs next week!
Thank you so much to all my sponsors for supporting me this season and my Right To Play #RaceForPlay campaign.
Three races down and many more to go this year! When I race, children around the world win. Please donate $50 for every race I ski, or one donation of your choice. EVERY dollar goes to a child and EVERY child in need deserves our help.
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