One Athlete's Mind
No better time than the present to get back into blogging, right?! (awkward collar tug). As you may know, last May I was selected for Team Canada for the 2013 World University Games. And now, 8 months of training later, here I am!
Last Friday I wrote my last two exams of my first semester at Nipissing U, and the next day marked the beginning of my trip over to Italy. I got to spend one night back home in Penetang with the folks to recharge a bit before hopping on the plane in Toronto and heading to Paris France where my 7 hour layover was waiting for me.
As soon as I got off the plane I found out one of my teammates, Matthias Purdon, had been on the same flight, so instead of sitting around Charles de Gaulle airport, we got on the train and headed for Paris. At first when we got into the streets I joked about trying to find the Eiffel Tower, but after a few minutes of that it turned into more of a factual statement: "we need to find the Eiffel Tower." (it just seemed wrong to go to Paris and not see it). So we wandered about for a few hours, during which we found ourselves in one of the coolest places I have ever been:
We still managed to make it back to the airport with a couple hours to spare, and after all the excitement my adventure buddy needed a break...
We then boarded our last flight, along with the USA snowboarding team, and made our way to Verona Italy. By the time we arrived, I had been awake for 25/28 hours, so I was looking forward to a quick one hour shuttle to my hotel. To my surprise however, it wasn't for another 5.5 hours before I was able to climb into bed. But wow did I sleep well that night!
Yesterday morning I met up with the rest of the team and we made our way to the race site where I got a start on ski testing and checked out the courses for the first time. There is no natural snow here, but it looks like they've been making it for a while so everything should be good to go for my first race tomorrow (15km pursuit).
I've been told this website should be good for watching live feeds of the events over here, starting with the opening ceremonies which start later today (Wednesday at noon in Ontario I believe):
Well I think that's enough of me for now. Ill try to keep throwing some updates up here as the days go by. To my friends still writing exams, hope everything's going well! And to everyone else, all the best and thanks for reading!
Jordan Cascagnette, Student-Athlete, Ski Coach