Roller Ski intervals in Germany with the whole team
Jump training in Planica, SLO
Just like that it feels like I snapped my fingers and summer is halfway done. So far it has been a quality summer of training progression. My team and I started the year off with a training camp here in Park City, we still had the snow to make for some fun endurance days! I always love Spring in the mountains as I can ski in the morning and then be able to bike in the afternoon! It was fun to start the team training year off doing our workouts in so many different modes. After that camp concluded we had some time to train on our own and recover from the camp. I was able to get out of town and spend some quality time with family I haven’t seen in a while. Check out some photos from our Park City camp.
For our next phase of training my team and I packed our bags and headed to Planica, Slovenia a place we are all quite familiar with. It is a great facility for a short and focused training camp and the perfect place for our first ski jumps of the year. I say this because they have a great progression of hills (size wise) to start on. At the beginning of the year it is important to lock in the foundations you will build upon for the rest of the year. The weather was great in Slovenia as well, the mountains were so green it blew my mind on a regular basis. It also made for some enjoyable endurance and team building days! On our way home from Europe my team and I flew to New York City for a week of testing with our team’s new medical partner, NYU Langone. It was quite the culture shock coming from a small town of about 1,000 people in the mountains of Slovenia to NYC. While in NYC we went through some physical and medical testing to help our coaches and us make sure we are training smart and in good health. Photos from this camp below!
Upon returning home I had little bit of time for personal training and recovery. It is always nice to come home and have a quick reset after a quality training camp. My team and I then headed to Steamboat for the annual 4th of July training camp and competitions. I had been about 3 years since I was last in Steamboat during the summer, so it was nice to get back for the annual festivities. Our time in Steamboat is always a great way for my team and I to do some community outreach and see the exciting potential the younger ranks of US Nordic Combined has. We ended our time in Steamboat with some fun competitions on the 4th of July. It was also the first time since COVID that we got to compete in front of crowds again, and man was it fun. The scene in Steamboat on the 4th of July is one of a kind and I always have a blast representing my hometown! After Steamboat I headed home to Park City. My team and I will be here for the rest of July, going through several training phases before annual competitions here in Park City at the end of the month. Stay tuned for more!
Spring has sprung and my season has been finished for some time now, upon my return I took some much-needed time off both mentally and physically. Going back a bit, after my last update my team and I traveled to Oberstdorf, GER for the Nordic World Championships. It looked a bit different than normal due to COVID. For example, no fans were allowed at the events and we did a COVID test every other day. However, when it really comes down to it and you put your bib on its time to go. My personal performance in the competitions at World Championships did not go as I planned or wanted. I did show positive performances in some of the training and prep but did not execute properly. Lesson’s Learned. It was an honor to represent WCAP for the first time at a Championship with my teammate and friend Ben Loomis. This season was the culmination of the commitment we made to represent the US Army through the WCAP program. With our entire team (Men’s & Women’s Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping & Staff) all staying at the same hotel for the whole event in a type of bubble, we all got to spend more time together than we usually do. Our competition circuits only overlap a few times a season, even less so this year, so it was fun to get closer to our teammates and thrive off of everyone’s energy. Check out some photos from World Champs.
Based on my results on the Continental Cup in Lahti, FIN I had earned a spot to start the remainder of the World Cup competitions after World Championships. Unfortunately, due to come COVID related cancellations that was only one weekend of competing. Considering how the year has gone I was just glad it was happening at all. The weekend off gave me some time to train a bit more and enjoy some spring weather. I then headed to Klingenthal, GER for my final competition of the season. Typically, Klingenthal struggles with snow level and weather conditions, however we were pleasantly surprised with mid-winter conditions. Through the weekend I learned a lot, had some solid results in qualification rounds but didn’t execute in the competition as I wanted. After a long year physically and especially mentally I was ready to head home! Check out some photos from my last weekend of competing and training.
After my break from Nordic Combined my team and I are getting back into training and enjoying spring in Utah! We will start training as a team again soon and weather dependent going on some training camps, stay tuned for media and info on those but as always follow my social media accounts for more up to date info!
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!