Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
Its the end of the first day of Competition here at the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid, NY. The NC team had a solid day with 3 guys in the top 5 in special jumping. I had a solid competition which is a great confidence booster going into the season. I was happy with my 4th place finish today and I am hoping to repeat again tomorrow.
Tomorrow we are doing a fun team sprint where each national team guy is being paired with a junior. We did this at Nationals this summer and I am excited for tomorrow. I feel it is a great way to mix things up and add some more excitement to the event. It also gives the juniors a chance to race among the big guys.
Yesterday we did Climb to the Castle an annual race up to the top of Whiteface Mountain. Our team went out with the best intentions to hammer down. Brett Denny had a great day finishing among the top 10. The race was relentless because of high winds and cold weather. Supposedly there were gust up to 50 miles and hour possibly more. The gusts would stop you in your tracks. The rest of our team skied average races, not horrible but no our best either. I went out too hard and had to fight to get back in the game after blowing up. I finished a respective 18th however. I will definitely be back next year for a rematch.
Stay tuned for more updates from tomorrows competition!