November 17th, 2012
To: Coaches, Families, and hopeful Competitors for the J1 Nations’ Cup Trip to Norway
From: J1 Trip Coordinator and Staff
1. We all recognize that the qualification dates at US Nationals (2-8 January 2013) are uncomfortably close to the travel dates for the J1 trip to Trondheim, Norway (13-24 January). At the moment we are working with a travel agent on the best options for anticipating that trip. We will have current information and recommendations on that out no later than 27, November.
2. The Nations Cup, as the competition is known in Scandinavia, IS a FIS scored and registered series. IF you feel you have a shot at qualifying for the trip be sure to get your FIS membership / FIS number. The trip staff will need it to register entries in the competition. FIS codes take a little longer to process so do it now. Easiest through the www.USSA.org site.
3. Staff info: We have a good and experienced staff for this trip. Co-leaders are Kate Barton and Adam St. Pierre, and the wax technician is Shane McDowell. Kate, the Head Coach at Burke Mountain Academy, ran last year’s trip to Estonia, and was an assistant on the previous J1 trip to Sweden. Adam, the Head Coach for the Boulder Nordic Ski Team and an independent sport physiologist, assisted last year. Shane has been a wax tech with Boulder Nordic Sport (not related to Boulder Nordic Ski Team) and a regular competitor and wax support wizard for the New England race scene fpr several years. The three staff will be joined in Norway by visiting American athletes who will pitch in as volunteer wax testers and by a Norwegian coach who will lend a familiarity with the snow, and the routine. It should be a great trip.
Hang on in terms of making ticket buys, but do your own research as well. It may be worth getting tickets that can be changed for a later date and another trip rather than the less expensive non-refundable version. More News will be out shortly.
Do not hesitate to write with Questions.
J1 Trip Coordinator
National Nordic Foundation