Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
After a week without internet I am finally home and excited to report some good news from our competitions in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
We spent the first part of last week training in Oberstdorf, Germany. We had the chance to test out the k90 as well as get some great XC training in. After a jump session on Wednesday we travelled down to Val di Fiemme ready to go and hungry for results. Our first comp was a penalty race. This was the second one of the season and I have to admit I do enjoy racing in this event. I would compare this event to a game of musical chairs. Since throughout the race people are constantly ducking off to hit their penalty laps, making it near impossible to ski with the same people the whole race. Our team jumped well and went out with some vengeance on the XC course. I had one penalty lap to do and skied most of the race on the front of the group in 5th place. This was a little over zealous however because I wore my self out for the last lap and could not hang with the sprint to the finish. I fell back and ended up 14th.
The next day was a two man team event. This is also only the second time this year that we have used this event. The two man team was a popular event in the past and has been brought back to the circuit. Bill Demong and I were teamed up and looking for a podium. We jumped well and put our selves in position again for a podium. Each lap we tagged off to eachother and kept ourselves in podium contention. However on the final lap with Bill fighting it out with 5 others we had our hands full. Bill was not able to win the sprint and we ended up 6th overall.
Sunday's event was the final event of the weekend. After having missed the podium twice our team was wanting it more then ever. Today was a good old fashioned individual and again we put ourselves in podium contention. This time however Bill was able to capitalize and placed 3rd. I jumped to 9th and after making the mistake of leading so many times I decided this race I was not going to do any work, I wanted to just sit in until the sprint to the finish. It worked after 9 k everyone was dropping off the group and I was just barely able to hang on. With Bill in the front setting the pace I was fighting for position in the back. After a close sprint for the finish I ended up 7th. This ties my personal best result however my motivation to reach that top 6 is at an all time high.
This week our team elected to skip Almaty, KAZ to take the opportunity to come home and refresh before heading back out on the road for 5 weeks. Next stop is Klingenthal, Germany. This rest week will be well documented so stay tuned for more updates!