It has been a month full of travel since my last. First off my team and I arrived in Europe and traveled to Liberec, CZE, a town I haven’t been to in a long time. Liberec was actually one of the destinations on my first training camp in Europe so it was fun to go back after so much time. They have two unique hills that were great for training. We met the Nordic Combined Junior National Team in Liberec where we all had an awesome week of training both on the hill and cross-country skiing (or rather roller skating). We finished it off with a small team competition, I was very impressed with how much the Junior athletes had improved on their camp, it was awesome to see. For my team and I, it was a perfect camp to spend a week with our coaches making some improvements and tuning up for the Summer Grand Prix Competitions coming up. Check out some media from Liberec.
Here is a video of a fun jump in Liberec!
After Liberec my team and I traveled to Oberwiesenthal, GER the first stop of the Summer Grand Prix circuit (Summer Grand Prix is the summer version of World Cup). In Oberwiesenthal we had a Team Sprint event and an individual event, I paired up with Ben Loomis and then Grant Andrews and Jared Shumate made their Summer Grand Prix debut together. It was a decent day for Team USA, we learned a lot and were ready to keep improving. On the day of the individual event both Ben and I jumped within striking distance of finishing in the top 30, something neither of us had done on the World Cup level yet. We ended up skiing a good portion of the race together, playing it smart and both finishing in the top 30, a great step on day 1 of competitions. For results from Oberwiesenthal click here. We then got right into the vans and traveled to Villach, AUT the next venue for competitions. We would be competing only two days after our first competitions in GER. We stayed at our home away from home in Slovenia and drove the 30min to the venue in Villach for the comp. I was able to continue to work off of the momentum I had gained from Round 1, I jumped to 25thright in the middle of a big pack of skiers. It was a very fun race, the course in Villach is challenging with some technical downhills and hard uphill’s. I skied a smart race in a big pack (again Ben and I skied most of the race together) and move up a little bit finishing in 23rdplace, Ben had a stellar day as well ending up in 18thplace, Jared and Grant had awesome days as well making improvements off of their first competitions. For full results from Villach click here. Our last stop on the tour was Oberstdorf, GER where we would be competing on a larger hill and competing later at night (night racing!). I did not perform like I wanted to in Oberstdorf but learned a lot and got to race another fun course in front of a large and loud crowd! We also had athletes competing for the US in the competitions held for the younger kids, we got the chance to watch some of their comps and they were awesome enough to come out and cheer us on in the pouring rain! For full results from Oberstdorf click here. Below are some photo highlights from the Summer Grand Prix events!
After the competition period was over our team packed up and drove to Innsbruck, AUT for a week training camp. We actually stayed just outside of Innsbruck in a town called Telfs, AUT which was a quick drive to Seefeld, the location of this seasons World Championships. It was a great week of training with lots of productive sessions. With the help of Nick Hendrickson we made some great improvements on the cross country side of things during tough sessions. Our jump coaches (Jan, Martin &Tomas) did a great job of helping us make big improvements on the jump hill even though us athletes were quite tired from our week of competitions. We stayed in apartments and cooked our own meals so ‘family’ meals and spending time recovery together was great. Overall it was a great month in Europe with some positives and lots of learning experiences. I am now headed back to the US for a short month at home recharging the batteries. Check out some photos from our camp in Innsbruck!
Since my last update I have been training in Park City. It was incredibly hot, so we typically started our workouts a bit earlier in the mornings to avoid too much of the heat, regardless we had awesome training conditions. The month of July absolutely flew by which always ends up happening. My European coaches took turns traveling to the US to be with us, a great way to stay in constant touch with our staff. We also had Nick Hendrickson coaching us as well, which is a new addition and was a tremendous help on the Cross Country side of things. We all worked together and got through some tough but productive weeks of training. Below are some photos from the middle part of July and training in Park City.
I wrapped up July and my time in Park City with the annual Springer Tourney week which included US National Championships. This is one of the biggest weeks of the summer in the Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping community because everyone across the country travels to Park City to participate. The National Teams do a testing and coaching day with the younger athletes, it is a super busy day but very fun to connect with the next generation of our sport. For US National Championships we competed off of the 90m hill in Park City, it was good and fair conditions for everyone. I had a solid performance on the jump and would be starting the race in 2ndplace 20sec behind Ben Loomis, and 2 sec ahead of Taylor Fletcher. The race was one of the more brutal races of the year as we raced in the middle of the afternoon and it was shockingly hot out. I skied a smart race for myself but was unable to hang on to Taylor, I finished the day in 3rdplace which I was happy with. Overall a great week with the USA Nordic community and a good competition day for me, check out some photos below.
After Nationals I packed myself up and traveled to Vermont where I spent a short week with family and friends. I had an absolute blast as always and was able to get some much needed rest and rejuvenation for my body and mind! I then traveled to Minneapolis where I met my team for our second Mayo Clinic trip of the year. It was another successful trip of testing at incredible facilities and with an awesome staff. We did more field (plyometric) testing along with things such as flexibility, mobility, balance, VO2 max, Lactate testing, blood work and body scans. They are continuously working with our team to develop new ways to test our physical abilities and find ways to make us better athletes. I am very excited about this partnership along with my entire team. I am now in Europe for the rest of August with my team, we have some training planned along with the Summer Grand Prix circuit. Be sure to check out my social media pages for day to day updates on that! Check out some cool photos from our team testing at the Mayo Clinic!
As always summer is blowing by with lots of activities making it great! To start the month of July off my team and I traveled to Steamboat for a training camp and the annual 4th of July festivities. We were able to get some quality jump training in while in town, this was a great way to build a base to keep working from. On the cross-country side of things we did our annual Fish Creek time trial, a 5 Mile uphill time trial (950ft Climbing). It is always brutal but nice to have a yearly bench mark to see how we are doing, I made improvements on my time from last year which I was very happy about!
On the 4th of July we always have a full day of activities, starting with a shorter race on Main Street right before the parade. This is always a super fun race as there are tons of spectators lining the entire course. After that I participated in the parade which I haven't done since I was much younger on the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's float. This year I got to ride on a welcome home float for Steamboat Olympians in town at the time. It was an honor to participate in that and great to see the support from my home town! After the parade we then have a long-standing type of competition with handicaps based on ability level so that younger athletes can give us a run for it, and trust me they do! I had a great time in Steamboat spending time with family and friends along with a very productive training camp, check out some more photos!
After our training camp in Steamboat we traveled back to Park City. We have gotten some great training in this month and our time here has flown by. Getting back to jumping the larger hills has been super fun and great to get some air time! We have also had a very productive time working on endurance and our cross country skiing. We will finish of this month with US National Championships here in Park City (next week) before our next camp begins. Before that I will be traveling to Vermont for a quick family trip, I will then meet the team in Minneapolis for another visit to the Mayo Clinic and some testing. After that we will be traveling to Europe for the month of August, we have lots of great training and some competitions on the plan so be sure to stay tuned for more!
It's been a super busy beginning of the training season and I have already gone on two different training camps! After my much needed time off traveling and relaxing I dove right back into training! It was a bit busy at first but nice to get back into a routine of training. Spring in Park City is quite fun for training as the snow stays up in the mountains for a while so we can continue to ski, which some of my teammates and I took advantage of. Down in town it warms up and the snow melts so we are able to start biking, roller skiing and running, essentially we have lots of options for workouts which makes it quite fun!
Our first training camp of the year was an endurance focused camp up in Oregon. We started the camp off in Bend, a town that we came to for the first time last year. The main reason we come to Bend is the fact that we can cross country ski on snow up at Mt. Bachelor. It is really beneficial to spend a good amount of time on snow to start the training season off, and Bend/Bachelor is the perfect place for that! On a typical day we would start early and ski in the morning before it got to hot, then go on a bike ride or go to the gym in the afternoon, it was a hard but fun week of training! My team and I also decided on some mandatory team bonding with a great deal of encouragement from Fast Big Dog (Jon Schafer). After a discussion during our first ski on snow Fast Big Dog made some calls and we were in the local hair saloon getting our hair dyed later that day. After some changes to the team this off-season it was a great way to start the year and establish ourselves. For the rest of the week we were known as Team Skittles and easily spotted ripping around the trails with our vibrant hair colors. After our week in Bend we traveled to Hood River, OR for the second half of our trip. Thanks to one of our team doctors (Jerod Cottrill) we had a place to stay and some local intel for some amazing mountain biking while we were in Hood River. It was another packed week of training, biking, and recovering! We also traveled to Portland, OR for a team fundraiser one of the evenings, it was a great event and super fun to spread the love of Nordic Combined to a different town and community! Overall we had a blast in Oregon and it was a very productive camp, below are some photos from the camp!
After our training camp up in Oregon it was back to Park City for a little while, which was a nice break from traveling. It was great weather in Park City making for some more fun training. We finished up a bigger endurance block and then spent some time in the gym with our coaches to work on our jump training! It was very productive and fun to start working on jump training again. Below is a short little video of a mountain bike ride that a few of us did during our time in Park City!
Our most recent camp was a new one for me, we traveled to Minnesota with the entire USA Nordic Team, that includes Nordic Combined Men and Women & Ski Jumping Men and Women from National team all the way down to our Junior team, we had almost 40 athletes in total! We started the camp in Minneapolis at the Mayo Clinic for several different types of testing including body scans, blood work, and field testing! We then traveled to Grand Rapids where we spent the rest of the week. We took our first jumps of the summer this week and I didn't quite realize how much I missed it until we started jumping again. Although it was a smaller hill, I had lots of fun as we were back jumping! We were also able to get some quality training on the cross country side of things and explore some new places, always making the hours go by much quicker! It was a great camp and super fun to spend time with the entire team!
These last few months have been such a wild and fast paced ride packed with travel, some training and of course great times. The month of April is somewhat a time 'off' for our team when we have the freedom to travel and do what we choose! I went on several super fun adventures from learning about Backcountry skiing safety here in UT to Jackson Hole, Montana, Washington DC, Boston and Steamboat, needless to say I was constantly moving but having a blast! Below are some pictures from all of my spring time activities in the last month, Enjoy!