“The Spanish team just went that way! Hurry!” exclaimed our lift operator as we got off the chairlift today.

People have caught Olympic fever and the mountain is finally alive with skiers. Some of them may have planned to attend the Men’s Downhill race — or, in my case, cover the race for the press — but they were happy to enjoy the fresh powder on the slopes. Although the rain at the bottom has forced a delay for both the ladies training run and the Mens Downhill, most of the mountain is enjoying plenty of fresh new snow.

We didn’t catch up with the Spaniards. They were out of who were out of sight before we could get our pole straps on, but we did follow a pack of Finnish snowboarders, wearing jackets with sleek, off-center Finnish flags. We also realized we need to put some small Finnish flags on our poles.

I guess we’ve caught the Olympic spirit too!

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