I have been passionate about sports since...I was little...very little. I am a nerd, crazy about books since...I started school! That’s me. I was born in Ribeirão Preto, a city about 300km away from São Paulo where in the summer the temperature goes up to +40oC (at midnight!), and in the winter the average temperature varies from 15 to 25oC! For most of my life I lived in São Paulo; however, I also spent a few years also living here and there due to my dad’s job. When I started the university, I moved back to Ribeirão Preto. After more than 20 years, there I was: back to my little “hell-paradise”.
I graduated in Medical Physics at the University of Sao Paulo; went on to a Masters in Biophysics there, and during that period I got an scholarship to spend some time in Canada, doing research. It was in September 2008. I lived in Winnipeg for 6 months, and that is where I saw SNOW for the first time in my life!! It was a life changing experience. At that time, unfortunately, I was recovering from a knee surgery (as a result of one of my “basketball wars”...hehehe) and I couldn’t fully enjoy winter sports. A (now) friend of us took me one day to try XC skiing (yep! contradicting all my physiotherapist’s recommendations!), and I simply fell in love with the sport! Even not pushing hard, just going gently on a super easy course, I could feel all the... potential that this sport had! And, as I love to be “killing” myself physically, I knew I had found an interesting sport.
In 2010 I was able to move to Canada, starting my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. By the end of 2010, I discovered that Brazil, although it has no snow, has a Winter Sports Federation! After contacting them, I was encouraged to arrange a meeting with Leandro Ribela (Brazilian Olympic athlete and XC national champion!) as he was going to be training in the USA sometime over the next season.
At that time, we were trying to settle down here in Winnipeg, and I couldn’t start a proper training schedule right a way; but at least I knew who I should contact when I was ready. As an athlete, my dream has always been to be part of Brazil’s National team, compete in an international level, and possibly, go to the Olympic games. I have tried hard as a swimmer, but now - after the Olympics in Vancouver 2010 - I decided to dedicate myself to XC ski, aiming the games in 2018.
During the winter season of 2011/2012, I started skiing more regularly with another friend (Tony, who now I call my “hills coach”... hehe), and my interest in this sport has only grown since then. Following a friend’s suggestion, in 2011 I met Fish (my physical trainer) and since then he has always been fully supportive of my “crazy” idea. I started my basic physical preparation in August/2011, and when the snow finally came, I also started intensive ski training: learning some basic technique with Jim Ballendine; I have been also gaining some “racing experience”, by getting valuable advice from XC ski coach Brent Bottomley, during “Team WindChill” training sessions. They all have been key pieces of my improvement as a skier.
By the middle of February/2012, I finally went to Craftsbury (Vermont, US), to meet Leandro. I was there for 4 days, both training and being informally evaluated. Those 4 days were like 4 months! But, after exactly 6 months training at Elite, I can say that my physical condition was the key to successfully completing this first step along my journey.
In August of 2012, I went to compete in the Brazilian Nationals (held in Argentina!) and I got accepted as part of the Brazilian ski team; at that time, I also got my FIS license and started racing my first official races in November 2012. All the details from there up to now can be found in my blog! :) News about races, results, training... it all there.
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Before skis were used for fun and leisure, they were used for work and transportation.
The oldest known version is a wide and short ski found in Sweden that has been shown to be over 4500 years old. Cave and rock drawings suggest that skis were used even long before then. These first skis may have been used by a hunter or a traveler, as they were commonly used during the long winters in Northern Russia and the Scandinavian countries. Early skis were not made for speed, but designed to keep a traveler on top of the snow as they were making their journey.
Cross-country skiers use both the classical technique, where their skis move parallel to one another in machine made tracks, and the free technique, where they push off with the edge of their skis to propel themselves. Free technique is slightly faster and uses shorter skis.
Speaking about races, there are many events! It remembers me a little about swimming: there are two techniques, several distances, different terrains, relays... there is something for all tastes. It is a very demanding sport and a great outdoor activity! XC skiing is a very nice way to enjoy wonderful places, being outdoors even during the coldest winter months. If you are crazy for sports (like me!), it a cool physical activity. It is fun, challenging and completely addictive!
If you never XC skied before, give it a try! ;)