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NNF Drive for 25 is ON!!!!!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Tomorrow is the final day of the National Nordic Foundations “Drive for 25!”  We have raised almost $50,000 to directly benefit the athletes of today and tomorrow and by tomorrow night could really use your donation!  Please donate $25 or more and enlist some friends to do the same.  This is an awareness campaign as much as anything and we will utilize the emails we get to keep you informed of our results and experiences.  I have personally donated over $500 this year and will match another $500 on a 10-1 basis so lets do this! My goal for tomorrow is to raise $10,000 to make sure that our top skiers can go as far as their hard work and dedication can take them. 

Tour de France Camp O’12

Monday, July 16th, 2012

NC at it again dominating the hardest HC climbs of the Alpe’s while jumping in the morning and watching the big boys mix it up in the afternoon.  In this years edition of the Nordic Combined TDF we managed to knock down:

Col du Madeleine, Col du Glandon, l’Alpe d’Huez, Montee de Courchevel (some on rollerskis), Cormet de Roselend, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier

for a grand total of 14,500 meters of climb over nearly 600km. 

This year we also had fellow Nordic Combined Olympians Jed Hinkley and Carl Van Loan, the proprieters of “Olympian Tours” bring several guests who rode with us and made some helpful donations to the National Nordic Foundation. Also supporting this effory was Fast Big Dog racing who through in some sicky kits and water bottles as well as Park City Cole Sport and Honey Stinger. 

Now the B team is training in Oberstdorf, Germany for several days and the A team is headed to Sochi to try out the new jumps and compete in some comps this coming weekend!

Here is a little video that mr @skifletch made to commerate our epic week.







Video from Val Di Fiemme

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Highlight reel from the pre-world Championship event in Val di Fiemme, Italy from February.  My first podium since Vancouver and some sweet racing with Mikko Kokslien and Akito Watabe.

Looking for the US Noco boys to fire it up in Lahti, Finland tomorrow at 9am est in the 2 man team relay.  Team 1 is Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, USA 2 is Brett Denney and Nick Hendrickson.

Go boys, go USA!

Shoulder Season Training…

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Training this time of year is bitter sweet… You are motivated to ski faster than ever but tired from training all summer.  The weather can suck for running/rollerskiing but there’s not enough snow to ski.  Athletes start traveling to get on snow and most everyone else tries to maintain fitness waiting for the white stuff or at least the sun to come out.  My life is defined by trying to balance getting enough on snow training before the opener in Kuusamo and not spending to much time on the road before the first comps getting stale.  Though it might sound weird two weeks in europe before a race can be bad if you’ve been doing this game for over a decade.  I’m going to chance it this year and as a result I find myself anxiously hoping to back country ski or skate or jump soon but in the meantime killing time and making my workouts by improv as illustrated below:

 

 

Best punch line for:

What do you get when you put a Biathlete and a Nordic Combiner side by side on a treadmill doing classic?

Win’s a 2010 Bjorn Dahlie jacket from me and some kind of squarehead triple stripped Adidas thing from Teela.

 

Nationals at Norge

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Just finished up an action packed weekend here in Chicago for the 2012 US National Nordic Combined Championships.  Yep, Chicago.  Betcha ya did not know there was a jump here but there is and it is one of the oldest ski clubs in the country!  The Norge Ski Club of Fox River Grove, Il was founded in 1904 and has been hosting some very popular ski jumping events ever since.  But only once before has Norge hosted the national championships so it was pretty exciting to see it come back. 

Ever since we switched our nationals to fall it has become a more serious competition as it is the first test heading into winter for all the new found form instead of an april after-thought.  It has also opened the door for us to put the event in some places that could not typically host a spring tourney.  Norge proved to be a great host club and saturday was a really successful event.  We kicked off with the small hill jumping championships and with over 75 competitors it took some time to get through 3 rounds.  During which hundreds of people came to partake in the festival atmosphere around the base of the ski jump.  Though not the crowds of 5k+ they command in the winter it was pretty good for football season!  

Bryan Fletcher really showed his strength on the jumphill outdistancing Johnny Spillane and I by enough to get a 30 sec head start for the XC race.  And though I was sure we could catch him in the challenging 10km, which wound relentlessly up and over the back of the jumping hill, he managed to increase his lead by 10 sec over the first 5km.  So with half the race over and nearly a 40sec advantage I thought Bryan would take the title easily but Johnny and I were able to pick it up enough as Bryan faded to make contact with just a km remaining.  From there we all backed off a bit to try and recover for a move and in the end it was a 3 way dash for the last 200m.  I managed to edge out Johnny at the line!  Its a good motivation for the beggining of the last prep phase to know you are close to where you want to be.  What was really great about the weekend was seeing the strength of our up and coming junior squad.  Alec Gantic of Steamboat jumped to 2nd place in Nordic Combined and 17 year old Eric Lynch had a great jump and a fast race managing to outsprint Taylor Fletcher to take 5th place right behind Todd.  

In any case a former Nordic Combined Development athlete Dan Englund has put together a really neat video of the weekend.  His companyAerial Vantage Productions gets some really unique shots using a remote control helicopter to to follow jumpers through the air and skiers on the course.  Enjoy!

 

 

They see me rollin’!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

It’s that time of July again when the world turns it’s attention to the roads and mountains of France to see whose legs can sustain the pace necessary to win Le Tour.  While my own aspirations of bike racing are dwindling I still love the riding and especially our soiree’s to Courchevel for jumping and cycling.  This years edition of the Nordic Combined TDF includes the Swiss team who accompanied us on what indeed proved to be the longest ride of my life yesterday.  A 7:30 hr adventure from the Le Praz (Courchevel 1300) to the top of the Alp’s 2nd highest paved road atop the Col de L’Iseran… and back.  In all we covered 182km and 3490m of climb.  The real kicker of the day came in a fairly sustained effort from lowly (480m) Moutiers for over 70km to the top of the Col, a mere 2500m (8200′) higher.  Probably the most ardouous, albeit scenic, 3:30 hr effort I’ve undertaken.  After arriving at the summit we learned that the new snow adorning the surrounding peaks had indeed chilled the air to a balmy 4c (40f) and would chill any cyclist silly enough to sweat all the way back down to Val D’Isere.  Despite the “free” ride downhill the final 20km back up to Le Praz was a real hoot.  Not sure it will make me any faster come february but it sure as hell will make me tougher!  And I’ll be smiling all the way to Galibier on Thursday when we watch the racers churn it to the top of this Tours decisive HC finish… or will it be L’Alpe on Friday?!

 

Last Tracks before the season…

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Jeremy’s rendition of our last BC trip before heading to Europe.  I’m going to Lillehammer on Thursday and he is headed to Ostersund.  Gonna miss this:

Don’t worry we’ve being doing our intervals on rollerski’s.

Last Tracks before the season…

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Jeremy’s rendition of our last BC trip before heading to Europe.  I’m going to Lillehammer on Thursday and he is headed to Ostersund.  Gonna miss this:

Don’t worry we’ve being doing our intervals on rollerski’s.

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." Tom Jefferson

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

   So as the winter rapidly approaches I’m counting down the days to Kuusamo like every year.  Normally I’m looking forward to jet setting off to a nice cozy spot on the Arctic Circle just west of the Russian border.  Ok maybe not exactly looking forward to going to a place where the sun literally does not shine.  But normally I’d be looking forward to getting started on the new season and jumping the biggest hill (outside of skflying) and racing some of the toughest courses.  This year though I keep hoping to buy a few extra days…

   Truth is that as much fun as this summer has been I’m truely looking forward to skiing for a living again.  I’m hankering for Sochi and everything that lies between now and then.  Long ass bus rides, strange hotels, ridiculous foriegners yelling at you about something in another language and you have no idea what?!  Then the good stuff, awesome days racing, training, just out and about in other cultures.  I want it all (for at least a few more years) but right now I need like two extra weeks before Suomi. 

    This past summer I rebuilt my WHOLE(of a) house in Park City.  Somehow managing to toss that in between post Olympic madness on the road, a few NRC stage races, and of course slowing down for just a few to marry my sweet heart Katie Koczynski Demong!  New windows, doors, floors, additions, decks  all day everyday for many many days.

In any case, we finally got on snow.  5 days in a row even!  After doing a fair bit of skating out at Whitepine, a back country day at Alta and some intervals I’m starting to finally feel a flow that has been missing of late.  

Hopefully the snow holds up, I’ll do the best with the time I’ve got before heading out.  Regardless, I am amped about Worlds in Oslo and especially the prospect of skiing for four more years!

Enjoy this:

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." Tom Jefferson

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

   So as the winter rapidly approaches I’m counting down the days to Kuusamo like every year.  Normally I’m looking forward to jet setting off to a nice cozy spot on the Arctic Circle just west of the Russian border.  Ok maybe not exactly looking forward to going to a place where the sun literally does not shine.  But normally I’d be looking forward to getting started on the new season and jumping the biggest hill (outside of skflying) and racing some of the toughest courses.  This year though I keep hoping to buy a few extra days…

   Truth is that as much fun as this summer has been I’m truely looking forward to skiing for a living again.  I’m hankering for Sochi and everything that lies between now and then.  Long ass bus rides, strange hotels, ridiculous foriegners yelling at you about something in another language and you have no idea what?!  Then the good stuff, awesome days racing, training, just out and about in other cultures.  I want it all (for at least a few more years) but right now I need like two extra weeks before Suomi. 

    This past summer I rebuilt my WHOLE(of a) house in Park City.  Somehow managing to toss that in between post Olympic madness on the road, a few NRC stage races, and of course slowing down for just a few to marry my sweet heart Katie Koczynski Demong!  New windows, doors, floors, additions, decks  all day everyday for many many days.

In any case, we finally got on snow.  5 days in a row even!  After doing a fair bit of skating out at Whitepine, a back country day at Alta and some intervals I’m starting to finally feel a flow that has been missing of late.  

Hopefully the snow holds up, I’ll do the best with the time I’ve got before heading out.  Regardless, I am amped about Worlds in Oslo and especially the prospect of skiing for four more years!

Enjoy this: