Kris is in La Clusaz with Justin Wadsworth and Oleg Ragila as his support staff. The crew made it onto their Zurich flight from Helsinki without too many problems after I last saw them on Monday. They got ushered through security and onto the plane, and even got their bags on the other end.
A short run that afternoon was all the training that Kris took, but Tuesday and Wednesday were solid training days with perfect endless extra blue skiing right out the hotel door. Wednesday evening Kris took the cargo van to Zurich to trade some coaches - drop off Pete and Randy and pick-up Justin and Oleg. A night at the hotel there, and a drive from Zurich to La Clusaz this morning. Tomorrow he’ll test skis and do a little light speed, and Saturday is a mass-start 30K.
As of now it’s dumping down heavy moist snow. The forecast is for more continuous snowfall at temps of about +1C right through the period, cooling to 0 or even just below after a period of very heavy snow early friday night, but then continuing with snow all day Saturday. Could be a real slugfest!
Expectations for Kris are somewhat muted this weekend. He’s in France to race, and every start is an opportunity. But the focus is on energy management and being ready for Davos.
Reprinted with permission from the Kris Freeman website at http://www.krisfreeman.net/. Copyright © Zach Caldwell and Kris Freeman