Per usual, the competition season has flown by so far. The added amount of logistics to be dealt with in order to travel and compete during a global pandemic has only added to the whirlwind feeling of winter. I am very thankful for the amount of work being done behind the scenes by my teams staff, my Army Chain of Command, and each venue that has hosted us. If it wasn’t for their effort our competition season would not be possible at all. My original departure date for Europe had to be delayed due to COVID. With a big effort from myself and several others I was able to board a plane just in time to fly straight to my first competition. I joined my team for the World Cup weekend in Predazzo, ITA! After being solo in Utah for a little bit it was great to join the team for a three day weekend including a team event! I didn’t have a performance I was happy with but it felt good to shake the travel out and compete again. After Predazzo I headed to Seefeld, AUT where my team is based out of this winter. It was fun to spend a day or two with the whole team in our ‘European home’ and enjoy a beautiful day of cross country skiing. After our quick reset in Seefeld I traveled up to Lahti, FIN for another weekend of World Cup competitions. In Lahti I had glimpses of the kind of performance I am capable of, but I didn’t do so in the actual competition. Check out some photos from my first few weeks in Europe!
After Lahti I traveled back to Seefeld for another reset at home and a few days of training with the whole team. Part of my team and I then traveled to Oberstdorf, GER for a short training camp while Ben and Taylor stayed in Seefeld for the World Cup Competition that weekend. Although the weather didn’t cooperate the whole time we were in Oberstdorf it was really nice to be a short drive away from another awesome venue. Oberstdorf is also the location of World Championships this season, so it has been a place we try to get extra training at. We then headed home to Seefeld for another reset and few days prep before the next competitions. While in Seefeld we got the chance to get out and make some turns on our Alpine skis, a great mental reset and reminder of fun times in the US. I then found myself on my way back to Lahti, FIN for a weekend of Continental Cup competitions. Because of the strong performances my team has had on the Continental Cup circuit so far this season we were able to start 6 athletes in Lahti (rather than 4) a cool team achievement. Lahti seemingly decided to begin a cold weather cycle when we showed up, a bit of a shock but it was still nice to have it feel like true winter. I had performances that were closer to the level I am capable of, making for a fun weekend fighting for top results (two top 10s). The entire US team had a great weekend with multiple top results and strong performances both on the jump and cross country course. Photos below!
I am also excited to announce that I have been named to the 2021 World Championship Team! The event is held in Oberstdorf, GER this year and will run from Feb 22nd – Mar 7th. I am now in the final phase of preparations locking in what I have been working on so I can show up in Oberstdorf ready to go! This will be my first Championship event representing WCAP and I am extremely honored to be doing so. Click here to read the full press release by USA Nordic. Stay tuned for more and you can follow my social media accounts for more frequent updates!
Happy New Year, just like that we are into 2021 and the season is underway! As this Fall ended I spent my days in Utah getting more quality training in. This has been the year to fall more in love with where I live, whether I had a choice or not, (luckily I did!). The transition from fall and summer training activities always seems to drag on when you live in the mountains. As per usual we got an early snow fall that allowed us to ski for a week or so… then it melted off and out came the roller skis and running shoes again. I was able to stay productive and motivated through this portion of the training period. It is sometimes hard for me to do this, thanks to my coaches and team I was able to take advantage of the situation I had. Check out some photos from Fall!
To kick off the winter season my team and I were lucky enough to compete on home soil, as Park City hosted the first Continental Cup Competitions of the season. We don’t have very much natural snow as of now but the venues were able to have the course and ski jump in perfect condition (thanks to man-made snow). Considering how this year has gone around the world, I felt extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to compete at all. Along with that, my coaches and I were able to build off the work I had put in throughout the training year and bring it to a simple confident mindset going into the competitions. I had a solid start to the season, putting myself in the fight on all three days and learning a lot! Check out some media!
After the competitions I have been able to continue to get great training here in Park City. I have also gotten out in the backcountry for what I like to call ‘nature’s therapy’ in the beautiful mountains I am fortunate enough to live in! I am now in the process of locking in travel logistics for the rest of the season, more on that soon!
This summer has been the longest period of time I have spent in one state, for sure since I have been on the National Team and possibly longer. Thanks to great planning from my coaches it was well spent. My streak of days in Utah was broken this past month with a training camp in Europe! My team and I were stoked to be traveling and training in Europe once again. With all that is happening in the world right now I feel very fortunate to even have the ability to pull off a trip.
After lots of jumping through hoops and work in the background figuring out logistics I was on the plane headed to our first stop in Oberstdorf, GER. Oberstdorf is where this seasons World Championships will be located. Because of that our team wanted to get some extra training time at the venue. Per usual, European Fall weather served up some perfect days and some ‘character building’ days, all of which were productive. The whole team was together and pushed each other to make improvements and take advantage of our time on the venues. We finished off our time in Oberstdorf with an inter-team competition chasing each other around a brutal roller ski course. It was great to bring the week together with a true Nordic Combined day, naturally it was one of the prettiest days in town.
After Oberstdorf we then travelled to Seefeld, AUT, our teams home base in Europe for the upcoming winter. The jump in Seefeld is not open in the summer, however there is a jump a few towns away (20min) that we got some quality training days on. The roller ski course in Seefeld is great for intensity and closely resembles the type of courses we compete on in the winter. We got to explore the surrounding mountains of our European neighborhood, needless to say they were rather scenic runs!
Roller ski intervals in Seefeld
I am now back in Park City enjoying the Fall weather. After a quick break we are back at training and diving into the final training blocks before the competition season is upon us. This year will certainly look different, but we will be able to compete! I will share more on that as more details are published and finalized.
Summer has absolutely flown by regardless of how weird it has been at times. I am very thankful that I have been able to stay safe and continue to train. Considering everything that has transpired since the start of my training year, I am very satisfied with how my team and I maintained our training regimen. We have done a good job of staying focused during our training blocks and scheduling in time to reset when needed. Before this summer I had not gotten the chance to work through so many training phases while sleeping in the same bed here in Park City. My Utah bubble has so much to offer in regard to training avenues and choices it has been fun to explore those a bit more. Here is a collection of some of the adventures I’ve been getting into this summer!
Soon my team and I will be going on our first training camp (fingers crossed). If everything works out it will be a very focused and productive camp. It is a new world to navigate so adjusting to the new ‘norm’ will be interesting but necessary. Stay tuned for more!
I hope this finds you in a safe place with all that is going on in the world at the moment. I have been enjoying some time ‘off the grid’ after safely returning home from Europe. With some recovery intermixed with some beautiful days in the mountains (only those close to home) it has been a good month. With a bit of an abnormal spring I thought I would post some of my favorite media from the past year!