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USST Elite Camp Photos: L3 Ski Running/Bounding

Friday, September 21st, 2012

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — On the final day of the U.S. Ski Team’s two-week dryland camp, several skiers headed to the hills at Mt. Van Hoevenberg for the first of two workouts on Friday. The morning session entailed Level 3 ski running/bounding for 45 to 60 minutes on loops up and around Van Ho’s infamous Russian Hill. Most athletes completed three to four continuous laps, doing their best to stay within the Level 3 threshold the whole time.

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U.S. Ski Team (USST) teammates Andy Newell (second from left), Simi Hamilton (third from right) and Liz Stephen (r) push one another up Russian Hill on Friday during a Level 3 natural-interval intensity session at the USST Elite Camp at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.

“It’s a workout we’ve been doing more of this year,” USST men’s coach Jason Cork explained. “It’s kind of a longer of Level 3 rather than, say, six by eight-minute [intervals], [we're] doing by one by 45. They usually get like low-Level 4, high-Level 3 on the uphills and drop down to Level 2-ish on the downhills. It kind of simulates a regular race.”

USST veteran Liz Stephen looked like she was approaching it as one, staying with the fastest men throughout the workout.

“This is Liz’s bread and butter,” Cork said. “Like, ‘Oh there’s an uphill? I’m in.’ ”

Stephen was probably one of the few athletes who described the session as “fun.”

“Usually I do this type of continuous running with no poles, but the bounding and poles added a much more ‘ski specific’ element to todays session, which I thought was good,” she wrote in an email. “On a course like today you have to take into account that, though you have a big uphill from the bottom to the top of the course, you have an equally long downhill to the start to recover, so I think it is ok to be in a higher level 3 or even level 4 as the workout progresses. … I was focused on getting a good ‘glide phase,’ if you will, in my bounds, to make a real distinction between the bounding and the running.”

 

USST Members Can Wear Club Uniforms at Nationals

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

In acknowledgement of their increased reliance on club teams to provide support for B- and D-Team members’ travel expenses this season, the U.S. Ski Team (USST) announced this week that it is allowing its athletes wear their club uniforms at U.S. Nationals in Rumford, ME this January.

Jason Cork, head coach of the Central Cross Country (CXC) Elite Team, said he appreciates getting credit for the work he’s put in with Jessie Diggins, who was named to the B-Team this year. Cork said Diggins will wear the CXC uniform at nationals

“It’s a simple way for them to give us some props; it makes me happy,” he said. “If Bjorn Daehlie Sport was able to be cool with that, that’s great. We’re spending a lot of money to go to Nationals, so it’ll be nice to see our uniform out there.”

Thursday’s Mass Starts at US Nationals Could Switch Formats

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Thursday’s mass start skate races planned for the 2011 U.S. Championships in Rumford may be switched to an interval-start format, according to U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Nordic Director John Farra.

As of Tuesday evening, the races were still planned to go off as originally scheduled, Farra said: 30 k mass start for the men, and 20 k mass start for the women. But with organizers likely limited to a 2.5-kilometer loop, that format leaves potential for the leaders to run into lapped traffic late in the race.

“It’s a legitimate concern, and we’ll talk about it,” Farra said, though he added that it was important to first see how the course skied in Wednesday’s individual-start classic races.

Farra also said that he had encouraged coaches to give their feedback on whether the course could support a mass start race.

In interviews with FasterSkier on Monday, both CXC Head Coach Jason Cork and athlete Garrott Kuzzy said that they were concerned about the potential for traffic on the 2.5 k course in a mass start race.

With fast conditions, Cork said that the loop could take as little as five minutes to ski.

“It’ll get pretty congested out there,” he said. “You’re going to be lapping people two, three laps in.”

Kuzzy suggested that officials pull lapped racers, but on Tuesday, Farra said that that wasn’t an option.

“Removing people from the national championship event when they get lapped is not an option in my playbook,” he said. “Not when athletes have invested the kind of money to get here.”

Cork Accepts Job with CXC Elite Team – MTU Press Release

Friday, June 4th, 2010
Editor’s Note:  CXC announced Jason Cork as Head Coach on May 20th, replacing Brian Fish who joined the US Ski Team.  The hiring was an announced in a press release from CXC here.  The following is a release from Michigan Tech, Cork’s former employer.

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech assistant cross country, Nordic skiing and track and field coach Jason Cork recently resigned to take a job as the Elite Coach for Central Cross Country Team Vertical Limit.
“I would like to thank everyone at Michigan Tech for all of their support over the past two years,” said Cork. “I feel that this position with CXC is the next step in my career. I am looking forward to this new challenge.”
During his two years with the Huskies, Cork had nine athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships. He helped Jesse Lang earn All-American honors in Nordic skiing in 2009 and was responsible for the training for Ken Gilkerson who finished 10th at the 2010 Div. II NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
“I want to thank Jason for his time at Michigan Tech,” said head coach Joe Haggenmiller. “We will very much miss Jason’s hard work and leadership with our many student-athletes.  He did a great job of balancing the demands of coaching in three sports and six programs simultaneously.  Jason really helped raise the level of all six programs he worked with during his time here.  And, while it is difficult to loose him, I am excited for Jason to move up to being a head coach with opportunities to work with US National Champions and US Ski Team level athletes. His replacement here will have pretty big shoes to fill.”