So far its been a fun summer of love. Running around the US. Spent a week with Kevin in Santa Cruz in some icy ocean water. Amazing skiing up at Mt Hood with Erich Sailer and the rest of the crew. Always a ton of fun and very productive. I felt great on my skis and we had some challenging conditions a couple days and the rest was perfect! It was nice to be back on snow and give myself that reassurance that Im doing the right things! After that a weekend on Maui to celebrate our little Caras wedding and then Sun Valley to celebrate TJs wedding and now finally home and curling up in the bed with that warm summer breeze blowing threw the house putting me right to sleep! Man I love this place and cant wait for a good ol’ wyoming summer!
June 30, 2014
March 31, 2014
Sprinkle her ashes her love it will grow wild and free like her soul. The clouds will build the rain will fall, everything you question will become something important to earth. It will bloom in spring and die in the fall. Summer will bring beauty, winter, she will be blanketed in white feathers of snowflakes. The circle of life will send itself into a beautiful tornado of passion for all that she was worth, for all that she believed in. For all that she was, there is only love, when the heart misses the ones that can’t be touched. Let those tears fall down your face and plunge off your chin like a waterfall for there are no reasons why you can be happy until you have grieved. Life is so fragile and beautiful and this is for sure not the end just the beginning of something else something different something we don’t know. so never fear the unknown but drown yourself in what she wanted. In living your life as best you can. To show her everyday how much she was loved and how much she taught you. Show her the beauty she gave to you as she watches over you as your angel. and live baby girl with deep deep passion.
Dedicated to a beautiful life.
The Cowboy -he or She- exists in enviable surroundings tempered by the sounds of nature and silence. - clint eastwood
When you are out on the vast plains. Its just you the dirt and the weather. The wind caresses your every inch. Each moment makes you more raw more real, it breaks you down until there is nothing but raw true beauty. Your mind is your only friend and it holds such power over your emotions. With each rolling cloud that comes billowing up over the hills, it brings you that much closer.
They know true Freedom
March 30, 2014
Gawwwwdddd I love skiing. I don’t want the season to end….. I could keep it going for so much longer….. Guess thats a good thing. This last month has made my whole season so awesome! And of course its because of all the people I have been around. All the good energy, all the random hang outs and new people and fun adventures. Life ain’t dull around these parts. I am so happy to be on two feet and skiing fast. Great way to end a season and begin a new one!…… How am I going to be able to wait alllllllll summer before I get to race again…… Motivation!
March 20, 2014
Lavender laughter…. She can’t hold in that laughter, it fills the earth, it makes you laugh so hard you can’t hold it in yourself. Its from some deep deep region of your soul, from another world. I grew up with that laughter, this heart wrenching laughter. Its my favorite feeling. When you can’t do anything but let go and laugh. I can name the few women in my life who have the ability to laugh like that. They are all crazy brilliant women. My mother was probably the first that I can remember. Its something spiritual and confident. It makes me feel safe. Lavender laughter is a gift and a treat for me.
That moment when you look into someones eyes and you read a story that they might possible be unaware of. How amazing is a silent union. How humans interact. look me in the eye and you see the truth. Like the deep sea or the prisms of the geysers. The many layers of a million feelings and emotions. Peel them back as you search deeper. The color is a reflection of your youth. The beat and hum like a song that takes you away is like those moments spent in the eyes of a stranger and delicious lavender laughter surly awaits.
And for all those other moments, you can dance. Dance around the world as if no one is watching….
March 18, 2014
Don’t put yourself in the box of darkness, never to be seen, never to be looked at. You are too pretty, to elegant to lay deep down. I want to hear you speak, I want to hear your sadness I want to hear your voice. Its like a bird that soars in the storm, you almost cant feel it as it drifts and dives until it catches, your voice is heart warming. That sly look on your face. Don’t you be looking at me like that. I can’t hold it in. I just tip over like a tea cup on the edge of a waterfall. Dropping until I shatter all over the marble floor. Into a thousand tiny pieces that no super glue can fix. I love the idea that some things can’t be fixed and that some things though they seem impossible can be fixed. I am an animal. More than most, I want to hunt and run and live and laugh like an animal. From the deepest part of you. Find that animal, get into your head, your deep zone of weirdness. Its not weird its real. I want the raw the real. Like the dirt. I want to kiss you like the earth does each summer on the shore of leigh lake. It gets up all in their in your toes into your blood, I soak up that dirt. Its so real and raw, I love the raw. A fresh wound is so wet and it stings and its magical how your heart almost jumps out of your blood as it spills out of the fresh cut. Its a beautiful color. That color of real raw intensity. Its too real for some. I like that part of humans. The animal part. Find it and run with it. Make stress caffeine, make hate love and make your brain go wild. Let it run and become something real something raw and free. Something of your own. Own it and make you yours. Don’t be the shadows a coffin wishes it had.
March 13, 2014
Boom! The Olympics were amazing! They are always amazing. Everyone coming together and enjoying such a special moment in time. Its not all about what you worked for and that for me is what is important to remember. I didn’t enjoy Torino. I did enjoy Sochi. It was beautiful, powerful and such a golden moment in my life. I loved all my friends, competing and enjoying each moment. Every athlete who competed, who medaled and who experienced Sochi all put in so much great energy and it was awesome to be apart of it all. I truly felt more olympic and part of the team this time around. The results were not what I wanted but I felt like there was a big break through for me in the slalom and that movement forward is what counts. I enjoyed watching as many other events as possible and cheering everyone on. Being a super fan! hahah Seeing how hard the people of Russia worked to have this happen and the architecture and structures, from the train to hockey rink looking over the ocean it was all a dream. Representing Wyoming and America. I am very happy with the trip. I was always told to enjoy it all and I sure did!
March 4, 2014
February 12, 2014
Im dusting off the sparkle…. Im Still pissed off for greatness. I find myself sitting in a room full of people the noise is so loud I can’t hear.. Im in the zone.. Im in my head letting the lights flash. Music kicking in my brain, I got my smile deep inside. Everything starts to spin out of control and then Im under water and I can finally breath and I can hear… I hear my heartbeat. Its the beat that keeps me up, keeps me sane, Keeps me going. Its the beat of the world, its everyone, its the love, the support its what I love about life. The things that keep you believing and keep you dancing. The fire and the Ice, the lights and the darkness, the loneliness, the moments of solitude the moments of champagne giggles bubbling up when you can’t hold in any bit of a deep laugh and you want to roll on the floor. The moments when you just want to hug everyone you talk to in a day and the days when tears can’t be held back. ITs all part of the beat and that beat is what keeps the Sparkle Shine. Shine time, all the glitz and the glory its Shine time and Im breaking out my sparkle cuz she has been hiding.
We had a great olympic prep camp and we are ready to go. We have one more day tomorrow and then we fly on Friday. If there was ever a time to be ready its NOW. Its happening. You can’t predict the future but you sure can live it and enjoy it! Im very happy to live it.
These outfits are from Ralph Lauren. Opening and closing ceremonies… I can’t wait to post the rest of our outfits. ( if you didn’t know for the Olympics there are specific uniforms and sponsors that you can only wear. We can’t wear our normal sponsor clothing and uniforms. Hence why no one has any shout out sponsor posts
sparkle and shine
January 31, 2014
Sometimes you just need a change to freshen up your mind body and soul. Even if its only for a few days. Training and racing as much as we do can really drive you into the ground so its important to step away regroup, rebalance the body and recharge your mind. Getting a mid season tune up is really important for me. We had a break from the world cup so it was the perfect time. Along with some awesome training to really get my fast slalom skiing back! I am feeling great about where I am and qualify for my second olympics which means a lot to me. I missed Vancouver and I have worked really hard to get to where I am. I am ready for more and feel strong and in a good place and want to really show the world what I got. We are in a very snowy Kranjska Gora Slovenjia where we have our last world cup before we prep for Sochi and head over on Feb. 14th. Im looking forward to this next week to fine tune and to be 100 % ready for the games!
photos Kevin Pritchard