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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.”

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

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syttende mai

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

The 17th of May, otherwise known as syttende mai (May seventeenth) in Norway, is a national holiday celebrating the adoption of the constitution in 1814. Every year on this day Norwegians fill the streets with traditional dress and parades, all the while enjoying endless amounts of ice-cream and hot dogs. For me, the 17th of May was one of the best days of my time here and brought out several unique cultural aspects of Norway.

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Praha, Russefeiring, og Villmannen

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

For many skiers this time of year the months of April and May are a time to travel, relax (a little bit), and enjoy time in the sun.  Recently, my exploration has included a trip to Prague (Praha in Norwegian), Russefeiring (I’ll explain later), and a triathlon called Villmannen (“The Wild Man”).

To start out, the city of Prague gave me a taste of the big city life in Europe and the best part was not dealing with the hours of travel and jet-lag—Prague is only a two-hour flight from Oslo.  So, for the first time in a while, I felt like an actual tourist.  The closest thing of comparison from back home might be a trip from Minnesota to Florida in spring—obviously with more of a historic European feel.  What I’m trying to say is that everything was green!  All the flowers were in bloom and temperatures were in the 70s during the day.  The trip gave me a chance to see Prague castle, walk across Charles Bridge, and gawk at the architecture of the ctiy.  In addition, and more importantly, was the opportunity to taste some true Czech pilsner and Budweiser… mmm

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En ny Smak

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Since the season opening in Beitostølen two weeks ago, things have been back to normal here in Lillehammer, or at least for me. I’ve had a chance to catch up on some schoolwork, reconnect a bit with the other international students, and continue with some good training. For some of my friends and neighbors, however, I got to give them some “new tastes” at the first Thanksgiving meal that I have ever prepared, in its entirety, on my own.

Firstly, I would like to take the chance to catch up a bit on a couple of responses to my blog, which aks about my coursework at Lillehammer College and how well my language skills are coming along. Both of which are great topics that I’ve been forgetting to mention—probably due to being frenzied by the start of the ski season. Anyway, the first question mentions if I’m taking a “reduced” workload at school this year. The answer to this question is both a yes and a no. Technically, my school workload this year isn’t “reduced” because I’m taking a full workload of classes, but, yes, I am finding that I have more time than I did at Williams to budget towards ski training and other activities.

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Camping i Lom

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Oh my, where to begin. So much has happened the last few weeks that it’ll be hard to put everything in… I might have to make a couple posts. I guess that’s what happens if I don’t post for a couple weeks. Anyway, two weeks ago I got to go camping with all the international students from Gjøvik and Lillehammer. All of us got on a bus on a Friday afternoon and drove to a camping park near Besseggen, which is in the high mountains to the west (about 3 hours driving from Lillehammer).

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Testløp og begynnelse på Skole

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Since my last post a week ago, I’ve been busy with orientation at Høgskolen i Lillehammer (Lillehammer College). All has gone well and I’m already done with a week of class. The school consists of three buildings: one main building with a library, café, and several classrooms; another with more classrooms and administration offices; and finally the media school building. The campus itself is much smaller than Williams mainly due to the student housing being located a short bus ride away. These three school buildings were originally the media buildings for the 1994 Olympics. My school schedule looks well set up to accommodate ski-training, because I don’t have class on Friday and, in addition, most of my classes start close to noon; perfect for training in the morning and afternoon. At this point it is hard to say how challenging my classes will be, but it looks like a typical workload for a college class so I’m sure there will be some challenges ahead.

Last Sunday I participated in a “low key” biathlon race at the Sjusjøen ski center. I say “low key” because there were forty competitors in the senior mens class and around 90 total competitors including men and women. This was a bit different from the Minnesota cups that have 30 total competitors, which would be a good showing.

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