The past month of training since making the World Team in Colorado has been so amazing. We can’t believe we have finally started our journey in Pralognan la Vanoise, France. We arrived Saturday night and began our altitude training the next morning. On Sunday, we had two practices that allowed us to get used to the altitude that we will be experiencing when we compete in Italy. After our practices, we decided to take a walk around this quaint little town. It was beautiful to be surrounded by all of these breathtaking mountains. We stopped to get some nutella and caramel crepes and after a little shopping, we made our way back to the hotel for some dinner and mingling with Team France.
The next morning, we got up and made our way back to the rink via a nice morning walk. After some more practicing, we were able to spend the last hour doing skills and drills with Team France and Cathy Dalton. It was a lot of fun learning some of their drills and for them to be able to learn some of ours. It was definitely a unique experience that was so much fun for both Team France and us. It was so cool to be able to come together and share our common language- skating! Following practices, we grabbed a quick lunch and took a gondola to the top of the mountains. There, we walked around and took a lot of fun photos. The view was absolutely gorgeous! As our day came to a conclusion, we had a little off- ice and then had dinner with Team France.
Tomorrow is our last day and then we will be off to Courmayeur, Italy! We can’t wait to see all the teams that will be competing. Thank you, Team France (Team Les Zoulous) for all your generous hospitality!
Sharon and Katilyn