As always it has been an eventful month with lots of travel and great training! After US Nationals I spent a few days on the East Coast with my family before heading back to Park City. I wasn't in Park City for long, however it was a nice refresh to sleep in my own bed and have some time to train on US soil. After about a week of training in Park City our team headed to Steamboat for an Oktoberfest themed fundraiser! It was an awesome event and great to see how much support my hometown community has for Nordic Combined. Our team also had some time to go on a few workouts in beautiful Fall weather, below is a picture of Ben Loomis and myself on a run! We joined the SSWSC as guest coaches for their last days of summer jumping as well, awesome to see how many young athletes are in the program and pumped to be out ski jumping!
After a short visit to Steamboat my team and I traveled to Oberstdorf, GER for our final training camp of the Fall. It was a fast paced two week camp with two sessions almost everyday. I was able to have a very productive training camp on the jump hill, making some much needed improvements I have been looking for! The endurance side of the camp was very productive as well, we spent a lot of time on the roller ski course in town doing intervals and time trials. I always love training in Oberstdorf as it is a stunning valley and the training facilities are top of the line. Check out some photos below of our time in Oberstdorf, GER!
After a very productive camp in Europe we were all ready for some rest and recovery at home! I spent a few days in Steamboat and then made my way to Park City to start the month of November! I have been in Park City since then spending some needed time in my own bed with everything unpacked! Recovery and training has been progressing well and we are now in the time of year that my team and I pray for snow every night. We were able to break out the cross country skis and get on snow a few days ago! As of now I will be either remain in Park City to train if we have enough snow, if not I will be making a short trip to West Yellowstone with some teammates for cross country skiing on snow! On Nov 26th I fly to Lillehammer, NOR for my first competition of the season. It is a World Cup event and I will be joining the Fletcher brothers along with Ben Berend for that event, I am very excited! After that I will then travel back to the US where I will be prepping for my next competition which is in Steamboat the weekend of Dec. 15-17. I am super pumped to have a international competition in Steamboat!! I will start to update more throughout the season so stay tuned on how the next few weeks unfold!
Lots of great things have happened in the last month, so many it seems hard to believe that it has only been a month. To start, near the end of our time in Europe we traveled to Ramsau, Austria one of the most picturesque and quaint Austrian towns we travel to. We were there for about a week, the beginning of which was focused on jumping. We trained on the K90 meter hill in Ramsau along with the K125 meter Large Hill in Bischofshofen, a 40min drive away. It was super fun and productive jump training, I was able to continue to make strides in my jumping. The second half of the week we journeyed up to the Dachstein Glacier to get some on snow cross country skiing. I hadn't been up to the glacier before this trip, it was very impressive, incredible skiing with stunning views. One of our afternoons off the whole team went down to Schladming for Go Cart racing. Originally it was going to be an afternoon of messing around but naturally we all got so competitive that it became a very heated competition with some aggressive crashes. It was a fun distraction and happy to say I was the Champion of the track (ha). Needless to say Austria treated the team well, great training and fun times, check out some photos below!
After our trip to Austria we returned to Planica where we had about a week before the final weekend of Summer Grand Prix Competitions along with out last weekend in Europe. As any competition goes there are always things that I look back on and want to change. During these last competitions both myself and my teammate Ben Berend had a race on day 1 that left us both satisfied and taking lots of positives away from. We started within a few seconds of each other and were able to pace the first laps very well. That was key as finishing lap 2 of 5 a large group of fast skiers caught us. In the past this is the kind of group that would blow right by us, not this time. We were able to ski with guys from this pack for the rest of the race, a big confidence boost knowing that it is possible to ski with these guys. It hit me as I was skiing behind Norweigan athlete Joergen Graabak (the reigning Olympic Champion) and was actually able to ski with him, that was a holy s*** moment. It is only one race and not his (Graabak's) best performance but for me the fact that I now know it is feasible for me to hang with these skiers for at least some of the race is a big mental boost. If you want to check out results from that weekend of competition follow these links: Day 1 / Day 2, photos below! Nathaniel Mah also put together a sweet video of myself from this weekend, watch that below as well.
After our final weekend in Planica we packed ourselves up and traveled to Lake Placid for US National Championships the following weekend. It was great to go back to Lake Placid as it had been quite a few years since our team had been there. It was a beautiful fall week with the turning of the trees living up to the weekends name of 'The Flaming Leaves.' We rolled right into the competition weekend with some very difficult (windy) conditions on the jump hill, making it important to stay mentally strong. I was able to do so on the day of Nationals jumping to 4th position to start the race. It was a hard course with grueling uphills and a fast paced technical downhill. I skied the beginning of the race with Ben Berend who started right behind me. Just before the halfway mark I decided to increase the pace and started trying to catch Nathaniel Mah in 3rd place. I was able to move into 3rd later that lap, I then set my sights on trying to reel in Ben Loomis in 2nd place. Ben skied a great race holding me off and I crossed the line in 3rd place, my first podium at US National Championships! Bryan Fletcher took the National Championships with a very dominant win, showing everyone how it is done in tough conditions. For myself and Ben Loomis it was the first time we had been on the podium at National Championships, a great day! After Lake Placid I came back to Park City where I will be for a very short period as I will be in Steamboat for a short weekend and then head back to Europe for a training camp in Germany, so stay tuned! Check out some photos from Lake Placid below.
The end of Summer rolled right into Fall and I have now been in Europe for more than a month, time has flown by. Right after my last update the Summer Grand Prix series started, it was a quick week of competitions with lots of travel and a packed schedule. I had my best result the first weekend of competition in Oberwiesenthal, GER, sking from 40th after jumping up to 34th overall! (Full Results here) The rest of the week was a whirlwind with two different venues ending in Oberstdorf, GER an incredible town. Due to a mid-week food poisoning that sucked up a substantial amount of energy I wasn’t quite feeling myself. However, I was able to take a step in the right direction on the jump hill and gain a tremendous amount of experience that week as a whole. It was really good to check in with the top level of the sport to see where I am at and gain more motivation to get there. The day after the competitions the group of us who would be staying in Europe for the majority of Fall had a great training session on the jump hills in Oberstorf and then hiked to the top of the Nebelhorn, one of the highest mountains in the area! Check out some of the best photos from the week of Summer Grand Prix competitions and our adventure to the top of the Nebelhorn!
We then drove to our European home here in Planica, SLO, a place that now truly feels like home. I know I say this every time I come here but with the amount of time I have spent here in the past two years and the way we are welcomed makes it feel like home. This year five of us (myself, Ben Berend, Ben Loomis, Adam Loomis, Grant Andrews) chose to spend the majority of Fall in EU, our time here would not be nearly as productive or good for our mental health if we didn’t have such a great apartment complex to stay at along with our set up as a whole. I am able to get into such a productive training atmosphere while staying mentally fresh and focused, a wonderful combo for one of the biggest training blocks of the year. My time here so far has been full of productive days on the ski jumps and great training sessions. We chose to go on a special adventure this past weekend, setting out to conquer Triglav, this highest peak in Slovenia. It is a major landmark in Slovenia, we are now finding out that reaching its peak means we could now become true Slovenians. I put together a little video of our adventure that day, check it out below along with more photos of my time in Planica so far!
It has been an eventful month since my last update with lots of great training to wrap up the middle of summer, man does it feel like it flew by. I spent most of my time in Park City with the team which was super fun as it had been a while since we were all in the same place. The month of July was filled with a good block of training and lots of hard work. As always when I am in Park City there seems to be a lot more going on outside of training, which is a fun change! At the end of the month we had the annual Springer Tourney competition in Park City which is one of the biggest events in the US, it is one of very few times that everyone in the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined community is in one place. It was a fun week spending time with everyone across the nation and all age groups. The competition itself didn’t go very well but I was able to take some positives away from it. Following that weekend, I packed everything up as my time in Park City was concluding. I then traveled to Vermont for a short week with family and friends for a bit of a ‘mental recharge’ before we kicked off our Fall training. I had an awesome time and was able to get a few fun training sessions and adventures in as well. Check out some photos from these adventures below.
I am now in Europe with the whole team for a training camp before the Summer Grand Prix (Summer World Cup) competitions kick off. We have had a super fun time in Planica with lots of productive training. It has been great to have the whole team training together every day on some fun ski jumps! This coming week we will start the Summer Grand Prix series which will run till right about the end of the month. After that some of us will be coming back to Planica to train for the entirety of September like we did last Fall. I am really looking forward to that month of training as it was very beneficial to my improvement last season! Check out some photos from my adventures in Europe so far!
It has been an eventful summer since my last update. To start I spent time in Moab on a team building/training camp which was a blast. From there I was back in Park City for less than a week before my team and I headed up to Bend, OR for an on snow training camp. This was an absolute blast as I have never been to Bend, I am definitely planning on going back! From there I traveled back to Steamboat as my sister was graduating High School! It was fun to spend a long weekend with the family before the next adventure. After my brief Steamboat weekend I then traveled to Planica, Slovenia for a little less than a month of training. I was psyched to start the jumping year off on the hills in Planica. I was also able to get some amazing workouts in the mountains that turned into incredibly fun adventures. Towards the end of the camp we spent a few days in Ramsau, AUT which is another one of my favorite places to go! I then traveled back to Steamboat for the annual 4th of July festivities. I was able to spend about 10 days in Steamboat which was amazing, ending with two days of fun competitions in front of the home crowd! The local newspaper published two cool articles on my team and I's time in Steamboat, check them out here: Article 1, Article 2. I am now back in Park City where I will be for the rest of the month training with the team. At the beginning of August I will be on the road again, but until then check out some photos of my summer so far!