My trip to the Olympics began in quarantine due to illness! Not the best physical or mental preparation.
“Team Processing,” where I first got to try out my new Olympics gear!
I dove right into the cultural activities. This is me wearing traditional Hanbok clothing.
Inside the Olympic Village: welcoming ceremonies in the Village Square.
Inside the Olympic Rings… who would have thought!?
Marching in the Opening Ceremonies… a dream come true.
Opening Ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium.
My bedroom for almost 3 weeks in Pyeongchang, complete with an Olympics quilt.
Out on course for my first Olympic race! It was very disappointing as I crashed an also missed 3 on the range, finishing 61st, just 1 spot out of qualification for the Pursuit race.
I got to use my Korean skills with Mr. Ban-Ki Moon, the former Secretary General of the United Nations.
Posing (behind a cut-out) along with a K-Pop super star in Hanbok
Erik and I modeling our Hanbok! (Can you tell I love Hanbok!?)
Here I am in the Village Square in the Olympic Village.
Waving to the crowd after my 15k Individual race. I skied slowly and had okay shooting– three good stages and one bad, 0301– good enough for 62nd.
Five other women from the Craftsbury Green Racing Project (four shown here), plus coach Pepa, joined me at the 2018 Games!
I did an interview with NBC… what an experience!
Following my lackluster 7.5k sprint and 15k Individual performances, I was not selected to compete in our team’s mixed relay. This was the low point of my Olympic experience.
Behind the scenes: US Biathlon changing cabin.
On my day off I visited a nearby Buddhist Temple. (The Olympic mascots on my right and left are just temporary adornments!)
The woodwork and paint was extraordinarily ornate.
Inside Woljeongsa Temple.
All the traditional buildings I saw shared a similar style and color scheme.
My brothers Guy (left) and Graham (right) with me in Hanbok!
10-for-10 shooting in the women’s relay!!! Finally an Olympic race I am really proud of. Our team was in medal contention through 3/4 of the race.
Celebrating in the stands with my family! What a joyful moment!
After my races were over I visited Seoul for a day. This is the view from the big mountain/park in the city center.
Ancient meets modern in Seoul.
The beautiful Korean coast on the East Sea in the town of Gangneug.
Closing Ceremonies. The Olympics were not all smiles but the smiles I did have were really big.
The three weeks I spent in Korea were like a microcosm of my whole biathlon career: exhausting both physically and psychologically, with emotions alternating between extreme disappointment and overwhelming reward.