Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Zoey had another biathlon race on Sunday. While the cold snap was starting to lighten up here at 2300 ft, it was still snapping right along at sea level where the race was held. The temperature was legal, but chilly with a breeze at +1f. This was a race with penalty loops, not just time added on. It was a tough race, but really excellent experience for Yellowknife. That place was having highs of -35F last week. YIKES!
Zoey had a strong cheering section. Her godmother, Sarah, boyfriend Brian, and Auntie Jane all came out. They deserve medals, it was chilly.
Then Zoey's best friend, Megan, came with her dad and brother, Ian, to add to the crowd. I was impressed.
The head coach for Arctic Winter Games did a little meet and greet with all the parents and athletes afterward. He is an Olympian, Todd Boonstra. He is now teaching physical education out in Galena. He brought about seven athletes with him from Galena for the weekend. None of them complained about the cold. Look at this boy's hat and mittens. Are they not beautiful?
Vivi had a good time, she is so social. She kept running up and hugging the course marshall, Teresa Neeno. Thank heavens we know her! Her daughter, Jasmine is a really good biathlete and is so sweet to Vivi. It was a blast to watch them together.
It felt good to get home where it was about +12F. If you look closely at the above photo you can see the temperature inversion creating a gorgeous fata morgana with the volcanoes across the inlet.