I cannot believe how fast the last couple months have gone, however I think it’s fair to say there has been a lot on my plate since my last update. I had been waiting to update for a while because I wanted to have a detailed report on the decision from USSA to cut the Nordic Combined Program. Now that some time has passed I can tell you what’s happening in the issue.
There was no time wasted in making sure we were going to move forward as a sport, most notably as I am sure you have heard, Nordic Combined partnered with USA Ski Jumping, this is huge for us because it gives us an entity to work within, we hope to help bring new and exciting things to the table and continue the progress that USA Ski Jumping has accomplished over the last few years on a business forefront. This also allows us to sign new sponsors/partnerships that we were not able to do before, simply because they may have interfered with the USSA partners, additionally it allows us to pursue entities that are more in our target market or demographic giving both organizations the most bang for their buck! I personally see a ton of potential in this and really do hope that in just a few short years we will be better funded then we have been in the last decade!
Additionally this finally gave us the opportunity to start rebuilding from the ground up. In the past we always were given a budget and had to see how far down the cookies would crumble, in our new sustainable model we will have a budget for development and out reach projects and eventually a really strong pipeline in the USA. Obviously this will take time and the funds to get there but the foundation is in place and everyone is motivated to make it happen, which in turn motivates myself and the other athletes to go out there and get it done on the athletic front.
To simply put it times are tough in the NC world but there is more potential and energy in the whole community then ever before, and that is exciting!
This summer I was elected onto the Board of Representatives for USSA as an athlete rep. It’s a new and exciting chance for me to learn and challenge myself outside of the athletic world. A lot of learning took place this spring at the annual conference but I am motivated to play an active role in the organization as best as I can. I jumped in headfirst this spring and will continue to do so throughout my term.
On the training side of things, training is going well, Jumping is making progress and I am fit on the XC side. Taylor and I have been training together a lot this summer and were really pushing each other to levels we haven’t seen before. Obviously there is still a lot of work to do and it’s early in the summer but I am motivated to have a better season that the previous, also I am excited to train more in the USA this summer then the past 4 years. More time at home means more consistency that I think will help a lot as we phase through the summer.
Recently I was able to take part in a bike trip through Colorado. The trip was a fundraiser for our team, similar to the one we have done in the past in France only this year it started in Vail and worked it’s way west through Steamboat and then into Park City. I can honestly say this was my first time biking in the Vail area and it was awesome! The first day we rode the Copper Triangle and the second day we rode Independence Pass from Aspen to Leadville and both days were spectacular. In Steamboat we put on a little jumping show and then finished it all off with some sweet rides in Park City. Looking forward I will be getting ready for US Large Hill Nationals and Springer Tournee in Park City on August 1-3rd. So more time will be spent on the jump hill in preparation for that!
Off the hill I have been also challenging myself academically by taking almost twice the amount of classes then I have in the past 4 years. I have been taking a chemistry class as well as a Survey of Art: Music class this summer term, during May I took a business class and this fall I will be taking math and history. So That has kept me busy each and every day! I have to admit it feels good to be so busy with school! Westminster’s classes are enjoyable and the ones I am taking now are online which allows me to continue training as much as possible!
The last big event of the summer for Nikki and I is our wedding, obviously the excitement is building and the day is getting closer! All the hard work is pretty much done, now we are playing the waiting game before we can start the little projects going into it!
So that’s just a little update as to what has happened in my life over the past couple months up until now. As the summer goes on I should have more free time to keep updating regularly The road to Falun continues!