Last Day in Shunyi… then on to Laiwu

Both Teams Pose Together for a Photo

At our final competition this morning we had a three fall show and came up only 11 points short of topping the Chinese. Jayson Rishling’s skills won him best male skier. The team’s hitting a good stride and has high hopes for the competition in Laiwu.

This afternoon was exhibition skiing and we did acts side by side with the Chinese. It was another great way to build our relationship with them.

As I draft this, we’re on a 6 hour bus ride to Laiwu. We were each given a gourmet dinner to enjoy on the ride: a Spam-like substance in a tube, an entire loaf of bread, warm yogurt, and a pouch of “preserved vegetables.” Yes, we’re all hungry.

The bus ride was… an adventure… and we’re all quite tired. From what we could see in the very dark surroundings and from the pictures in the brochures in our room, this could be another spectacular site.

 

Sarah and Olivia Enjoying Breakfast

 

Mad-City's Team USA

 

Backfooters and Jumper (far left in the background)

 

The Rope Wrapping Controversy

 

4-High Pyramid

 

Ballet

 

Heli Flip Heli

 

The Spectators

 

2 Gainers

 

Fast Pyramid

 

Jayson Rishling Wins Best Male Skier

 

Team USA Wins 2nd Place

 

Two 4-Highs

 

Sky Ski in the Stadium

 

Two Swivelers

 

Swivel Intro

 

The China Team and Mad-City's Team USA Perform Two 3-Highs Side-by-Side Behind the Same Boat

 

Dano inspects his Dinner

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