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Perianne Jones - The Making of a Champion: A Home Away From Home
By:  Perianne Jones   (2006/09/16)

Perrianne Jones is a member of the National Ski Team. Peri is from Almonte and grew up skiing with the various local ski clubs. She is now living in Canmore (AB) where she shares a house with Olympic Gold medalist Chandra Crawford. They should be a deadly duo at Vancouver in 2010.

In this series of articles she shares some insight into her life for the Ottawa ski community on the Fresh Air Experience website, and reprinted here with permission.

It's been ten days since we arrived here in Mammoth Lakes from Canmore, and I've loved every minute of it. When we left Canmore it was almost as sunny and warm as it is in California, but as usual summer turns to fall very quickly in the Rockies. Sometimes Canmore just skips right to winter like it did a few days ago, accumulating a few inches of snow and dipping below zero.

This is one of the reasons our team is happy to be training in California for the month of September. We are able to do some very good quality dry land training, (snow free) which includes lots of rollerskiing on the well-maintained American roads. This coupled with the altitude (over 2500m) makes for a great location to put the finishing touches on our block of volume training before switching to more intensity focused training pre race season.

One of the reasons I think Mammoth is such a good match for our team is that it really isn't that unlike our home base in Canmore. It is a town full of vacation homes, hotels, golf courses, coffee shops, expensive cars, and people who love to ski. We even set up a private yoga class twice a week while in Mammoth, just like home. The only difference is this time we are the ones in the vacation homes.

Cheers from Cali!

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