Olympics Photo Journal

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My trip to the Olympics began in quarantine due to illness! Not the best physical or mental preparation.
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“Team Processing,” where I first got to try out my new Olympics gear!
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I dove right into the cultural activities. This is me wearing traditional Hanbok clothing.
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Inside the Olympic Village: welcoming ceremonies in the Village Square.
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Inside the Olympic Rings… who would have thought!?
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Marching in the Opening Ceremonies… a dream come true.
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Opening Ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium.
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My bedroom for almost 3 weeks in Pyeongchang, complete with an Olympics quilt.
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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.
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I got to use my Korean skills with Mr. Ban-Ki Moon, the former Secretary General of the United Nations.
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Posing (behind a cut-out) along with a K-Pop super star in Hanbok
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Erik and I modeling our Hanbok! (Can you tell I love Hanbok!?)
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Here I am in the Village Square in the Olympic Village.
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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.
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Five other women from the Craftsbury Green Racing Project (four shown here), plus coach Pepa, joined me at the 2018 Games!
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I did an interview with NBC… what an experience!
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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.
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Behind the scenes: US Biathlon changing cabin.
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On my day off I visited a nearby Buddhist Temple. (The Olympic mascots on my right and left are just temporary adornments!)
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The woodwork and paint was extraordinarily ornate.
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Inside Woljeongsa Temple.
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All the traditional buildings I saw shared a similar style and color scheme. 
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My brothers Guy (left) and Graham (right) with me in Hanbok!
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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.
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Celebrating in the stands with my family! What a joyful moment!
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After my races were over I visited Seoul for a day. This is the view from the big mountain/park in the city center.
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Ancient meets modern in Seoul.
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KOREAN FOOD!!!
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The beautiful Korean coast on the East Sea in the town of Gangneug.
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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.

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One Reply to “Olympics Photo Journal”

  1. It was so much fun getting to watch you compete, Clare! I only got to watch the relay live, but for the whole games I was cheering you on, and I watched the rebroadcasts whenever I could (plus your interview) 🙂

    Also: YOU GOT TO MEET BAN-KI MOON???? That is so incredible!!!!! I am so jealous! How? Why? Next time I see you I want to hear all about it. (Plus all about the rest of the Olympics, obviously). Thank you for sharing all of these awesome photos!

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