Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
This past weekend was our second set of World Cup competitions in Kuusamo, Finland. For many of you who follow the tweets and posts on Facebook, much of this is old news. However for those that don’t follow them, here is a little recap of the week in Finland.
Despite rumors of little snow in Kuusamo, by the time we arrived there was plenty of snow, cold conditions and great jumping. The first two days we were there were some of the best I have had on the hill. The week went by rather quickly leading into the competitions and before any of us knew it, it was time to compete. For me this was a blessing, as I hate playing the waiting game. After our second day on the jump hill I knew I was ready for the weekend ahead. I kicked of the weekend by having the longest jump in the first round of official training. I followed that up with two more solid jumps and placed 8th in the provisional comp. This brought my confidence up and I was ready to go for real the next day. Saturday we were fortunate to have decent conditions on the hill and I was able to keep my jumping alive by placing 11th. Going into the XC I was a little nervous seeing as last weekend was not my most spectacular racing by any means. After the first lap I found my self fighting for the podium, feeling good like my normal self. I gave it a valiant effort but was unsuccessful in staying with the group. I finished a respectable 14th place. I had the 13th fastest time though which shows that the shape is coming.
Sunday was a two-man team event. I was stoked to be teamed up with my brother Tay. The snow was a major factor on Sunday, many of the teams struggled with the jumping portion. Tay and I were able to jump into 9th place. Taylor stepped up huge in his jumping and that was a big factor in our placing. In the race we were in the hunt for top 6 until the 4th lap of 5. Once we lost contact with the group 9th place was our clear placement. However both Tay and I came into the day with no expectations and to be honest we were surprised to even be in the hunt. There is still a lot of work to be done but at least we know we are on the right track.
So what's next? Home then Ramsau, currently I am writing this on the plane while flying home. We will spend the week in Park City, training and refreshing before heading back over on Monday to get ready for Ramsau. I am excited to continue the momentum while there. Hopefully combine some solid jump results with races just like the first day in Kuusamo. Till then, stay tuned!