U.S. Moguls Ski Team flies down under

The following is an excerpt from an article originally posted at utahskier.net:

After several years of going to Chile, the U.S. Moguls Ski Team switched it up this summer, heading down under for a three week camp at Perisher in Australia. Among the U.S. Ski Team campers were 2010 gold medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT), 2010 bronze medalist Bryon Wilson (Butte, MT), Olympians Heather McPhie (Bozeman, MT) and Patrick Deneen (Cle Elum, WA).

“We’ve been going to Chile for the last 10 years,” said Head Moguls Coach Scott Rawles. “It’s been great training down there, but we just felt like Perisher was a good change of pace and this was a good year to do it. There will be some other international teams there, so it will be a completely different dynamic then we’ve normally done.”

The athletes and coaches flew to the Southern Hemisphere on August 2. After a few days to adjust to the 18 hour time difference, the Team buckled their boots and clicked into their skis on August 5. During the 13 days of the on-snow section of the block, athletes focused on individual tasks including tricks and regaining feel for the snow and bumps.

“It was the first on-snow training camp since the competitive season ended, so I was working on getting reacquainted with the feel of my skis,” said Kearney. “I also hiked the bottom jump of the course for three days to avoid the lift lines and work on the tricks and form I had been practicing on the water ramps this summer.”

“My main focus at this camp was my jumping,” said McPhie. “I have been throwing D-spins and back fulls, as I plan on competing at least one of them this season.”

The days were regimented with athletes waking up at 6:15 a.m. for a 20 minutes warm-up jog. Following the jog, they returned to their condos made breakfast and packed a lunch for the hill, all by 8 a.m. The Team then had an hour to arrive at the lodge, warm-up and be ready to start on-snow training for two and half hours at 9:30 a.m. Without wasting time, athletes gathered their gear and headed back to town, eating lunch on the way down from the top of the mountain, completing the morning segment of training.

Athletes arrived home around 1:30 p.m., with a hour and half of free time before heading to the gym at 3 p.m. Upon arrival the crew stretched and warmed-up for their two hour workout ending at 5:30 p.m. The group would return home for dinner and a team stretch, ending the day with video analysis at 8 p.m., before hitting the pillow to wake-up and do it all over again.

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One Response to U.S. Moguls Ski Team flies down under

  1. Erwin says:

    Go U.S.! Good luck in Sochi.

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