Guten Abend. That is German for Good Evening.
They speak German in Austria and I just came back from the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria! I have traveled to lots of places. And I have skied a lot. But I have never done anything like this. It was amazing. I trained for a long time to get there and it was so great.
Being part of Team Canada is amazing. Everyone loves Canada. There were 4 of us from London. Chris is a skier like me. Jamie went for floor hockey. Sara went for speed skating.
I made some friends from other countries and of course, I made lots of friends on Team Canada. My roommates were Sally and Susan and they were great.
Some mornings we were up at 5 a.m. One of my teammates said Team Canada was out of bed, fed and on the mountain before the other teams were even awake. I thought that was funny.
The mountain was huge. It is so cool when you hear racer 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Go. Then you bust through the gate and go.
My first race was the GS. When you race you have 2 runs and then your two times are added together. After the first run I was in 8th place. On the 2nd run, I gave it everything I had and ended in fourth. I was so happy!
A few days later I was racing the slalom. I was really lucky because I had lots of fans cheering me on – my mom and dad, my two sisters, one of my brothers-in-law, my boss and friends Taylor and Shannon, and my teammates.
And I got 2nd place!
Later that night we had the medal presentation in the town centre in Schladming. I was so proud and excited to get the silver medal.
Lots of times people ask me how I got to the World Games. I will tell you.
I trained hard.
I ate healthy.
I had the help of my family and friends.
I had amazing ski coaches.
Actually, I had amazing coaches in all my sports and that helped me to be a better athlete.
What a great time!