I'm writing this from Planica, Slovenia, but I just spend the weekend competing in Lake Placid, NY. We flew over the pond Monday for one last summer-jumping camp before the season.
It was great to be back in LP after two years away. With some "retirees" from the years-past who came out of the woodworks and strapped on skis, it was one of the bigger fields we've had in a while.
Sunday, we had small hill jumping and nordic combined US Nationals. I was pretty happy with my NC jump - which put in a solid 4th place to start the race. I didn’t have it in me that day to hang with Brett, Bryan and Taylor as they skied by, but I kept a steady pace to hang on to 6th. Bill Demong started in 3rd, blew by Todd Lodwick and Aleck Gantick and held off the Fletcher brothers to take the win – his 9th National title.
All in all a solid and fun weekend in LP, but right back to travel on Monday.
Upon arrival to Munich on Tuesday morning, our team split ways – the A-team to Bischofschofen, Austria, and the B-team to Planica. We’re here until Saturday, when we’ll meet up with the rest of the guys in Oberstdorf, Germany. Our team here should be a blast, training in a killer venue and with the NTG crew from Steamboat (aka our younger teammates).
We didn't waste any time getting after it: right off the plane, to Planica, then into the mountains on a killer rollerski.
A big thanks to the National Nordic Foundation for making this trip possible - both for us B-teamers and the National Training Group guys. This is an extremely important pre-season camp - and we're really grateful that the NNF is supportive of it.
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Thanks for reading, more to come! Hopefully when we get home it'll look like it did at the beginning of the month in PC...
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