It's the annual Springer Tournee in Park City. That means a full town with most of the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined community from around the nation here for the week.
On Tuesday we had our third round of yearly testing for the junior athletes. A healthy dose of chaos ensued as each national team member found their group of skiers for the day. Soon, however, we were leading them through a quality warm-up and heading up to the jumps as coaches and athletes.
I coached a group of boys on the 20 meter and 40 meter, most of whom I didn't know before Tuesday. I enjoyed seeing the challenge of ski jumping from the coach's perspective. Hopefully I had some new insights to offer to them. I noticed that as a group they were just happy to be out jumping.
After the morning of jumping, we went indoors to test our athletes physical capabilities: speed, agility, power and quickness. By now, the coaches should have some good data from the three years of testing the younger athletes. Also, I hope this motivates these athletes to train hard and improve their scores.
Although this is a busy week of events and competitions, it was 100% worthwhile to spend the day helping our younger athletes. It wasn't long ago that I was in their shoes, and I know that it's the little things that add up to a local skier turning into a National team athlete.
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