womens skiing

Don’t tell me I’m beautiful. I have already heard the word rubbed raw across the flesh of so many girls before me. Thrown at them like rocks that beat the skin of those we do not understand. “You are beautiful,” we yell with such contempt. “God dammit, why won’t you just believe me, you’re beautiful!” It is not a compliment. It is a victory march of your own self sacrifice. “You’re beautiful,” we say through gritted teeth. “You’re beautiful,” we spit out through tears, looking at a reflection we hate. “You’re beautiful,” we say, holding a body that has never felt the arms of another. “You’re beautiful.” Don’t tell me I’m beautiful. A word like that floats on the surface, give me something with depth. Tell me I’m intelligent. Tell me I’m courageous. Tell me that when I laugh the whole world smiles. Tell me that my voice is sweeter than strawberries. Remind me that my hands have helped flowers grow, painted the ocean, and captured the sky in my phone. Assure me that with a mind like mine, I can change the world. Don’t tell me I’m beautiful. I don’t really care if it’s true. I’ve spent years trying to convince myself that beauty goes through and through. Don’t tell me I’m beautiful. I’ve felt the word splatter against me enough for a lifetime. I am better than the “beautiful” that slips from your lips. I am the ocean, 36,000 feet deep. There are parts of me you have never seen. I am outer space, infinite in your search. I am not simply “beautiful.” I’m a fucking masterpiece.
—  unknown
Competition Schedule for Nordic Ski World Champ Lahti 2017

(Time Local Time)

Wednesday 22 February  

Cross Country Classic Interval Start (Qualification)
14:00 - Ladies 5 km
15:30 - Men 10 km

Thursday 23 February 

Cross Country Sprint Free Technique
15:00 - Sprint Qualification (Ladies/Men)
17:30 - Sprint Finals (Ladies/Men)

Ski Jumping Women Qualification
14:00 Normal Hill

Friday 24 February

Ski Jumping Men Qualification
14:30 Normall Hill

Ski Jumping Woman
17:30 Normall Hill

Nordic Combined 
10:30 Ski Jumping Normall Hill
13:30 Gundersen Cross Country 

Saturday 25 February  

Cross Country Skiathlon
12:00 - Ladies 7.5/7.5 km
14:30 - Men 15/15 km

Ski Jumping Men
17:30 Normal Hill

Sunday 26 February - 

Cross Country Team Sprint Classic
11:30 - Semi Finals (Ladies/Men)
13:30 - Finals (Ladies/Men)

Ski Jumping 
17:30 Team Event Mixed Normall Hill

Nordic Combined
12:00 Relay Ski Jumping Normall Hill
15:30 Relay Cross Country

Tuesday 28 February 

Cross Country Classic Interval Start
13:45 - Ladies 10 km

Wednesday 1 March  

Cross Country Classic Interval Start
13:45 - Men 15 km

Ski Jumping Men Qualification 
18:00 Large Hill

Nordic Combied
12:00 Ski Jumping Large Hill
16:15 Gundersen Cross Country

Thursday 2 March 

Cross Countru Team Relay
15:00 - Ladies 4 x 5 km

Ski Jumping Men
18:30 Large Hill

Friday 3 March 

Cross Country Team Relay
13:30 - Men 4 x 10 km

Nordic Combined
16:00 Team Sprint Ski Jumping Large Hill
18:15 Team Sprint Cross Country

Saturday 4 March 

Cross Country Mass Start Free Technique
14:30 - Ladies 30 km

Ski Jumping Men
17:15 Team Event Competition

Sunday 5 March 

Cross Country Mass Start Free Technique
14:30 - Men 50 km