This week I'm referring to Lake Louise as Lake Bormio. The reason: Lake Louise is traditionally one of the easier downhills on the world cup circuit while Bormio is arguably the hardest...don't worry Kitzbuhel, you're hard too. Either way, Lake Louise is far from easy this year as the course crew has prepared the hill a little differently this year. They injected water into the hill nearly the entire way which makes for rock hard ice and bumps along with added terrain from the man-made snow. Today the course was littered with ruts and holes from the ice breaking up after each skier and made for a rough day for a lot of us. There were a number of crashes due to the tough conditions which prolonged the training run and made for an interesting psychological experiment going up for my run...it's never fun to watch your competitors crash! The good news is regardless of the tough conditions I put down a solid run and qualified to race my first world cup in two years to the day. Going into tomorrow the Americans are looking strong. Bode Miller has won two of the three training runs and Marco Sullivan, Scott Macartney, and Steven Nyman have all posted top ten results in their training runs. Andrew Weibrecht has also been putting down some fast runs into the top 20 along with T.J. Lanning. Also, be sure to check out World Cup rookie Jeremy "Worm" Transue in his debut performance tomorrow. Race coverage starts at 1:30pm est. and will be viewable live online at www.universalsports.com (here is the actual link: http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?CLIP_ID=48961&_MODE_=EVENT&db_oem_id=23000). Hope you had a happy thanksgiving!