Andrea Dupont

Steep Learning Curves

At the beginning of February I was thrilled to learn that I had qualified to represent Canada at World champs in Val di Fiemme, Italy. This was one of my big goals for this season and really what I have been working towards since I have been training full time for the past couple of years.

I did not head to Europe with many expectations. I knew everything would be new and there would be many adaptations necessary to have a top performance in an entirely new environment. In addition to the World Champs sprint, I was given the opportunity to race in a World Cup sprint in the Davos 4 days before World Champs. I was so glad that I had Davos to prepare for World Champs. Davos was the epitome of a steep learning curve for what I needed to do well in a European World cup race. Between jetlag, adjusting to new wax techs and the new race set up, I felt like I was just getting the lay of the land and not actually racing. This actually set me up well for World Champs where I felt more comfortable with the set up and where I felt like I had a reasonably good race. I finished 49th at World Champs, outside of my goal of making the top 30. But I felt like I learned so much in the 2 races.

I felt like I was on an upward trend and it definitely left me craving more. I left with the sense that if I only had a little more time in the European time zone that I could make the goal of top 30 in a world cup:)


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