Athletes Mark 100 Days To Vancouver Games

Utah Olympic ParkThe following was originally posted at CrossCountrySkier.com:

The culmination of four years of determination and drive, training and competing and successes and trials is now a mere 100 days away for Vancouver Bound U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding athletes. Now, with the 2010 Olympic Winter Games on the horizon, athletes have taken up shop around the globe to put on the final touches of training for the season.

World Championship silver medalist Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) is about to say farewell to the snowy cross country habitat of Alaska and hello to Norway as the cross country team makes its final on-snow preparations for the first World Cup of its season there Nov. 21 and 22.

“That 100 number is one we’re all familiar with because we always want to give 100 percent,” Randall said. “It’s pretty significant because when you start counting down from the hundreds, you start getting closer and closer. It’s pretty exciting.”

In the world of Nordic combined, athletes, including World Champion Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) are biding their time in the gym as they wait for the snowmaking machines at Utah Olympic Park to complete their task of creating enough snow to jump on in the final weeks of training for the season.

While they are scattered across the globe now, the countdown has officially begun to the time when Vancouver Bound athletes will come together 100 days from now in the pursuit of Olympic glory.

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