Behind the Scenes 2016-2017

Here are some of my favorite photo highlights from behind the scenes on the 2016-2017 World Cup circuit.

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Our Finnish massage therapist, Jani “the hairless Finn” never misses a moment to make me laugh. That “bazooka” is actually tubes for traveling with ski poles.
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Our head wax tech, Petr “Gara” Garabik (CZE), is neurotic about how he packs our van…and makes sure to stock it with cheap beer from his home country whenever we travel to Scandinavia.
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Wax tech Federico after he got kicked out of the bar on St. Patrick’s Day (*I left voluntarily).
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Gara and me after our first ski-test of the year in Sweden.
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Susan and Lowell captured silver in the single-mixed relay at World Cup 8 in Finland, ending a 23-year relay medal drought and crushing the poor Germans’ souls.
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Our hyper-organized team leader, Bernd, was absent for just a few days and this is what happened to our packing discipline.
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In honor of international Women’s Day, we took over the workspace usually occupied by our all-male wax team. Note the wall “art.”
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Pinkies up! My buddy Paul and I enjoyed this rare upgrade to first class!
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Me with massage therapist Jeurgen. Yes I’m wearing a dirndl. This is Bavaria!
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Coach Jonas modeling the hat worn by Bernd’s infant son who bears the same name.
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Women on our way to work!
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Celebrating at one of Susan’s many podium ceremonies this winter.
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Paul and I were featured on the IBU’s official Instagram after he placed 30th in his World Cup debut!
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My favorite venue: Antholz, Italy
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Job perk.
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I love this picture of Franziska Hildebrand (GER) struggling through her pre-race meal. Even biathlon superstars have to force-feed themselves plain pasta pre-race! We may be from different countries but we’re all in this together.
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Tim Burke’s pre-race nutrition strategy: dry bread in the changing cabin.
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When our changing cabin became a literal changing cabin. Welcome to the team baby Ophelia!
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Sometimes you just need to have some wine and a laugh with your wax tech.
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My best racing moment of the year, when I hit 10 for 10 at World Champs!
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My favorite racing moment of the year: qualifying with bib 30 for the mass start at World Championships.
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Funniest official picture of the year: when the media thought I was Susan after she took silver in the mass start.
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Best team of the year!
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