written by Rosalie

Yesterday we arrived in Lillehammer, a ski town about 3 hours north of Oslo. Today we enjoyed a skate ski at the Olympic Park, where Norwegians claim “the best Olympics ever” were held. The stadium was an ongoing flat surface that made the stadium at Oak Hill seem tiny. The trails were extremely steep and technical that made for very little rest. Some of us skied longer than others…those who felt fatigue kicking in from the past few days went back to the stadium to practice some V2. Dennis and I headed over to the biathlon range where we watched a practice relay that the junior national team was doing. Then we skied back to our apartments…it was all downhill!

the crew in Birkebeiner Stadium

We had lots of free time this afternoon so we headed into town in small groups and wandered through the pedestrian street. Helen, Caitlin, Emily, and Kate enjoyed a typical Norwegian waffle and some of us bought ski gear. You parents will be happy to know that laundry was part of our afternoon agenda as well…

This evening we ate a Ford Sayre dinner that beat all Ford Sayre dinners: Norwegian salmon, rice, stir-fry veggies, and Scottie’s famous cookies.

We look forward to a long classic tour tomorrow…

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