Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Yea, I got to come home for Christmas to celebrate Jesus' birthday with the fam and get some much needed rest and recuperation in. Its been good to be home but its time to head back over to Europe (on friday) and continue living the dream. Here are some pictures from my time in Arkansas:

Doing the dew and watching my girls play! Leaving my team to bobsled was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do, wish it was possible to coach and slide. 


Hanging with the sista for one of the last times before she moves to a top secret missionary location probably forever! 

Notice anything different about this picture? Look carefully and you will see Barbara Wilburn coaching the Marked Tree boys. She is the first female to ever coach a high school boys team to a state championship victory! I met her at a coaching clinic last year and she is awesome! Unfortunately her Marked Tree boys won the game over the Augusta boys. At least I can joke with my homeboy, Coach Everett (Augusta), that he got beat by a girl. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

First Half Highlights...

Wow, did I seriously just spend 5 weeks traveling around Europe on the U.S. Bobsled team? God is so good! I'm now on a 2 week break for Christmas in Arkansas before heading back over to Europe for the  second half of the season.

Check out the first half highlight video below:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Notre Dame Cathedral...

We don't get much time away from bobsledding over here in Europe. So we (the women's bobsled team) decided to see some sights while we were traveling from LaPlange to Winterberg, Germany this past weekend. We decided to stop at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg, France. It was surrounded by a festive European Christmas Market too!

The cathedral was pretty amazing. Hard to believe that it was built in the 11th century! As soon as we walked in I could just feel the awesomeness of the history in that place. Walking around I was awe struck by the Christian traditions, but the more I thought about it, the more I began to realize how ridiculous it all really was.

The massive crowds of people instantly became reverent as they entered the cathedral. Im not disrespecting that, I was also speechless, but is that what God really wants? Reverence to a building and place? Is that cathedral really the Holy ground that everyone seemed to think it was? I began to feel like I was walking in the shoes of St. Francis of Assisi or Martin Luther.

One of my mottos is: Don't go to church. Be the church.

Think about that. The Spirit of God no longer dwells inside a building or place. The temple curtain was torn and things changed when Christ rose from the dead! Now His Spirit lives inside the believers who make up the Body of Christ, the Church. And we aren't tied down by traditions. Isn't that awesome!? We don't have to go to a Cathedral or pay indulgences to be free! St Francis of Assisi and Martin Luther took a stand against these issues of the church during the time that the Notre Dame Cathedral was thriving, and I think we still need to take a lesson from those theologians today.

So was the cathedral awesome? Heck yes it was! Is it any different from any other man made building? No, not really.

We (believers who make up the body of Christ) are the Church.

U.S. Womens National Bobsled Team
outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg, France 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Merci Beaucoup!

Greetings from France!

We are now in La Plange, France! Home of the 1992 winter Olympics! There has never been an international bobsled race on this track for women, so at training today I officially became one of the first American women to ever bobsled in France!

We have been fairly lucky with weather so far this year. Temperatures have been in the 50's and sunny for most of tour. However winter has arrived. It has not stopped snowing for 3 days now! It's a perfect fit considering this entire village is a huge ski resort located in the French Alps!

The view outside my hotel window. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Team Competition...

I got to race in the World Cup Team Competition in Igls, Austria. It was a blast! In the team competition one men's skeleton sled, one women's bobsled, one women's skeleton sled, and one men's bobsled team together for one push each.

You can watch a replay of the event here:
Click on "WC Igls" and then "Team Comp"