Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
Blog Thursday is here again! Today’s entry will be short and sweet. Last weekend in Shonach, Germany was a blast. We had a ton of fun racing in the rain and the Shonach organizing committee did a great job putting on the event with the tough weather conditions. The team event was a cold and miserable rainy day; our team embraced it and raced with smiles on our faces. Day 2 in Shonach the weather was much better. Jumping for myself was another step in the right direction, I jumped to 33 and was able to put together a great race to finish 9th. I am extremely relieved to have another result inside the top ten going into this big block of competitions.
Shonach was the first of five weekends in a row of competitions for me. Moving forward, I am very excited for this weekends comps in Chaux Neuve, France where we will have a team sprint as well as an individual comp. This jumping hill has usually been pretty friendly to me, so I hope to continue building in the right direction here. The XC course is extremely hard and I know it will be some tough, tough racing. I am in good shape though so with some luck everything can come together. Next weekend is the big Nordic Combined Triple!!! The event is in Seefeld, Austria which is always a fun stop on the tour and I am sure will yield a large crowd. Last season the Triple was the highlight of my season where I finished 5th overall. Obviously it would be amazing to improve upon that this season. Seefeld yields probably the second largest crowd only second to this weekends comp in Chaux Neuve. For many athletes this is their favorite stop on the tour for exactly that reason. I cannot deny that it is a very special feeling when there are so many people in attendance, lining every inch of the 2.5 km course.
For team USA this weekend in the roster we have Bill Demong, Taylor Fletcher, Adam Loomis and myself as our four guys. The weather looks like it maybe another rainy one but Chaux Neuve never disappoints and I am sure we will have some great competitions!
Additionally up in Norway we have our COC team gearing up for competitions in Hoydalsmo, Norway. So I would like to wish them good luck! Kick some ass boys!
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