On the morning of Day 2 we learned our standings. Team Florifornia was sitting right in the middle of the 15 team pack. Not bad for a couple of snow noobs. But we knew we had our work cut out for us since today definitely favored the skiers! We hoped to tackle the morning events with enthusiasm and strength that would help us hold our spot.
We still had five events ahead of us for the #OmniGames. You might remember this image in yesterday’s post.
Our first day of activities covered the Games on the left, but we still had the entire right side to go. The first three were all feats of strength and bravery at the Olympic Park facilities. High Ropes courses, zip lines, and jumping off of a 60 foot platform. These events definitely appealed to the climber in me! And I said a short prayer of thanks that heights don’t bother me.
Unfortunately, the winter storm closed some of the facilities so we didn’t get to zip line or jump off of a 60 foot platform. And yes, while some of you might think that is a good thing, I am saying that with disappointment. Luckily the ropes courses were still open so we got to do those.
We did two courses, a 25 foot high intermediate course and a 55 ft high advanced course, getting points for finishing each. Separated into two groups, I ended up getting to do the hard course first and Team Florifornia were some of the first people on the ropes.
The advanced course had 13 obstacles, and the hardest ones were stacked near the front. I think everyone got through the first one okay, but the second one was quite a challenge. It was the only obstacle where I fell, and I definitely wasn’t the only one! It was great going through the obstacles with my teammate, since we were able to strategize, coach, and encourage each other through the tricky parts.
I like to think I have some pretty strong forearms from climbing but I was worn out quickly, arms burning by the end of the second obstacle. It was definitely harder than I expected but I loved every second of it. I hardly noticed the height off the ground, I can’t imagine trying this with a fear of heights!
After the high ropes course we took our turn through the lower course. It was a piece of cake, we practically ran through! I’m really glad we got the hard stuff out of the way first!
With no time to spare, we were whisked back to our hotel at the Canyons and geared up with downhill skis, boots, poles, and helmets. The final on-site OmniGame was skiing. The goal was to get as much combined total vertical with your teammate as possible in 1.5 hours.
As I established the other day, this is not my strong suit. I can count the number of times I have had downhills skis on my feet on one hand. Okay, on one finger. We had no instruction, they just yelled GO and people took off for the lifts. I hadn’t even figured out how to clip in my boots. When I finally did, I fell down. Oh this is not going to go well. My partner, Julie, managed to take off much smoother than I had and I told her to GO GO GO get that vertical!
I hooked up with Katie Boué, another Floridian, and we rode the lift together, exchanging high fives when we managed to dismount without falling down. That led to the next challenge: getting back down the hill. I started off okay but as the slope (green hill, yeah right) steepened I took a few tumbles. A ski patroller came by and tried to explain pizza/french fries. I tried to explain that I prefer going UP mountains.
Before long, Katie and I had tumbled into Eric and Heidi. It wasn’t going well for any of us so despite being competitors, we teamed up together to re-strategize this skiing thing. And thus was born Team Gondola.
The Canyons has a lovely gondola that takes skiers mid-mountain. We decided that it would make a lovely ride, and even get us some vertical. Not nearly as much vertical as the skiers, but it would be a way for us to enjoy the remaining time safely. The four of us managed to get two round trips in the gondola and I really enjoyed it.
On the way down on our second ride we were with one of Columbia’s videographers and he got lots of footage of us yakking about the OmniGames. We chatted with a ski instructor on one ride, and she said she wished she could have started with us and gotten us some tips. Aww, thanks! After joking with some of the lift and gondola operators, I have to say that The Canyons has some seriously nice employees!
In my first post I promised mystery bruises. Are they from the ropes course or the ski tumbles? We’ll never know.
Did We Win?
How did Team Florifornia do in the OmniGames? Well, the games aren’t over yet! In fact, it’s still almost any team’s game! You are actually taking part in the final challenge, Charles Dickens, right now! Columbia challenged us to tell our stories about the OmniGames, and that’s what we have been doing this week.
Follow the #OmniTen hastag on Twitter and you can see the stories that people are telling through various mediums. It’s fascinating to read how the OmniGames challenged people in different ways. I love the creative storytelling that is coming from the big ball of enthusiam that is the OmniTen. As for me, I wanted to stick to what I know best – yakking about things on my website. I hope I’ve been able to share the range of excitement and emotion that I experienced over the two days of the OmniGames!
But It’s Not Over Yet
There was a lot more to this trip than the OmniGames. I haven’t even talked about the amazing evening activities or Olympic Uniforms (whaaat?) Stay tuned, it’s coming!