I've been meaning to get an update out sooner, but for the moment, check out Brett Denney's blog on our busy last couple weeks:http://brettdenney.com/2013/11/10/game-time/
Also, NTG member Spencer Knickerbocker just put together a cool video with some brief highlights of their last trip. We with with them in Planica, but not on the glacier in Ramsau, Austria, where you'll see them skiing. It's under 3 minutes - take the time and check it out.
The summer jumping season is over and competition season is almost here! Now we have only 3 weeks left to raise the funds we need for the winter with the National Nordic Foundation! We're doubling down with up to $25,000 to matching grants. Help us hit that mark! https://www.grouprev.com/adamloomis
That was a whirlwind of a trip! After Planica we spent four days training in Oberstdorf, Germany with the rest of our team. We flew home yesterday - which seemed like much longer than two weeks after we left for Lake Placid.
First, some pictures of Planica - because Slovenia is just cool.
Planica sits right in the upper corner of Slovenia. Last Friday, we jumped in Planica, raced on the rollerski track in Villach, Austria, and then explored the flea-market in Tarvisio, Italy.
Off to Oberstdorf, where we were lucky enough to jump an iced track on both the normal and large hill. Their refrigeration system works pretty well - because it wasn't particularly cold.
The team was split while we were in Planica, but after we rejoined everyone in Germany, we had the pleasure of seeing Bill Demong live, train and eat as Aquaman. Remember Captain America from last year? This year, Bill lost the bet and had the pay up - in the form of spending the entire European portion of the trip as Aquaman. Check out the video that Brett Denney put together of him. I think Bill was actually a little sad to take it off when we arrived the states. Orange spandex and fins just fit him.
All-in-all, we did a great job of putting the finishing touches to our summer training, and now we're eagerly anticipating snow!
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.
Right now, we have less than a month left in our all important Drive for 25 campaign. Thank you to all who have already donated - but if not, please check out our page and consider a small donation here to show your support. We have a matching grant of up to $25,000, so if you donate now your contribution will be immediately doubled!
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...
As a proud representative of my home ski club, the Eau Claire Flying Eagles, I couldn't resist posting this video. I think it's pretty much the same thing we ski jumpers see.
Yep, I think we're all excited to acknowledge that it's fall and winter is just around the corner. But, we need to do some serious fundraising at the National Nordic Foundation to prepare for the season. That means it's Drive for 25 time!
The goal is to get as many people as possible to donate $25 or more from now until November 15th. It might sound like a long way off, but we need to get going now to grow our community web. (And trust me, before you know it it'll be mid-November and we'll be skiing on snow from the east to west coasts... hopefully).
Click here to donate and spread the word!
Killer training in Austria to wrap up the camp.
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