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Hvordan skimiljøet er bygd opp

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Whew! After a whirlwind of travel and reorganizing, I’m now at the Lake Placid training center with the rest of the US national team for a three-week training camp. I’m finally not thinking about travel, but rather about training.

Anyway, on to what I’ve planned to begin discussing (posts should be coming more frequent now!)—What makes the Norwegians so good at skiing/biathlon? I’m no training expert or coach, but I’d like to point out some the things I’ve noticed over this past year while in Norway. To start it out, I’d like to look at some of the major differences in the race community between the US and Norway in this post—“How the ski community is built up.”

Holmenkollen under construction June 2009. 1,9 billion Kroner upgrade! (~$700 million)


På tur på vestlandet og snart hjem…

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The end of my time in Norway is almost here. Only a few hours separate me from taking the plunge back into the U.S. of A.  I’m looking forward to catching up on events back home, but it’s challenging to leave this “skier’s paradise.” For this reason, now is a great time to look back on what I’ve learned, experienced, and been part of while here in Norway. Also ask the question:  What makes the Norwegians so fast? The plan is to do a series of posts comparing different aspects of skiing/biathlon here in Norway to that in the US.

Before looking closer at what topics to write about, I recently returned from a trip in western Norway that “helt fantastisk” (completely fantastic). The trip was kind of a spur of the moment seeing as my friend Arild and I simply loaded up the car with skis, food, and a camera and set out to explore the high mountains and deep fjords of western Norway. Check out the photos at the end of the post!