Thursday, March 3, 2011

Finnish skier finishes first in Oslo

This post is really an opportunity to share some vacation photos with a friend, but I do have some Finnish news at the end of the post.

We recently spent 2 nights in beautiful Jackson, N.H. We have had many wonderful family outings in the Mount Washington valley. This was our first visit to Jackson and I am sure we will be back. We skied one day at the Jackson XC center and on our way home we skied a half day at Black Mountain. Skiing at Black Mountain was the most fun that I have ever had on down hill skis. If you want more information about restaurants and the like, please send me a comment.

And now for the Finnish news: Matti Heikkinen won the gold medal in Oslo! You can read about Heikkinen here on YLE in English. I found this interesting tidbit on the web site for the World Championships. It highlights the importance of wax and mentions the Finnish doping scandal of 2001. Apparently the Norwegian wax guru Magnar Dalen is helping the Finns fly across the snow. The New Hampshire connection is that Kris Freeman finished in the top 30, 2 minutes and 10 seconds behind Heikkinen.

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