Finally, real ski jumping today! We've been slowly working our way up from the smallest of hills, and today we had the privilege of jumping on the K90 in Park City. As I mentioned in my last post, two weeks ago we started with the basics on the K20 meter. I think it was a productive way to start the season and focus on some fundamentals, like simply jumping hard. Not that I wanted to stay on the little hills too long, but it was a fun time.
One of the funniest comments I overheard the first day on the 20 was from Bryan Fletcher. "This is going to be weird," he said, "the last hill I jumped was Planica." Planica, as in the K185 ski flying hill that until the opening of Vikersund last winter, was the biggest ski jump in the world.
After the 20 and eventually the 40, we drove over to Steamboat for a three day camp of jumping on the K68 there. That hill is a great jump to train on, but it definitely still feels pretty small. Getting on the 90 today was a lot more fun!
The Norwegian Nordic Combined team arrived last weekend and trained with us today. At the moment they are arguably the best NC team in the world and are especially good jumpers. It was fun to watch them fly, but the take away from a good jump is that it's really simple when done right.
I've been pretty busy lately and haven't been able to get a lot up on here. Last week I started online classes through Westminster College in Salt Lake. I'm just taking two classes, Psychology and Philosophy, but summer classes cover the same material as semester classes in about half the time. I better understand human behavior and thoughts a bit more by the end of the summer!
Where am I?