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That's about as bad as two weeks of competition could probably go... knock on wood 😬. After being relegated to the B Group following two lacklustre races in Harbin, I needed a B Group podium to continue on the road with the team according to new Canadian team guidelines. I finished 6th. Which means no more Fall World Cups for me and a long flight home. I find myself in a tough spot and under circumstances I haven't been in since I first made the National Team 6 years ago. I'm still trying to figure exactly went wrong these past two weeks, especially after starting the season so strong; that might be the most frustrating part. Although a definite low point in my career as a speed skater, opening yourself to failures is part of being an elite athlete... you just hope the lows aren't too low, this low. This definitely stings, however, it was a good reminder how fortunate I am to have an amazing support network around me and that starts with my parents. They came to Nagano to surprise me and watch World Cup racing abroad. I didn't hold up my end of the bargain but their support has never wavered and they still were there after the race to give me a hug (from mom) and a high five (from pops) and even dinner. There aren't enough words to describe how much I appreciate them for always being there but I hope "I love you mom and dad" will suffice. Woe is not me and I don't wear pity well. So it's back to Calgary. To regroup, refocus and work harder than ever to be back where I know I can be. A little adversity never hurt nobody. Good luck and bonne chance to the rest of Team Canada continuing on to Astana and Heerenveen! I'll be cheering for you all! #realthoughts #realtalk #oneleaf #movingon

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Another year, another camp. A short edit from our latest adventures during our altitude camp in Salt Lake City and Park City. It's a privilege to be a part of this elite group of athletes, representing our countries (🇨🇦🇫🇮🇰🇷) to the best of our abilities. Racing season is right around the corner and it's time for the real fun to start. It's go time! Kaja! . . . . . #thesweatlife #pbcm #teamaclaro @williedutton @mikapoutala @heathmclean @marshahudey @tae_bum.mo @sanghwazz 🎧: The Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)