U.S. Nordic Athletes Join U.S. Ski Team Members in New Zealand

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 5, 2009 10:43 am

The U.S. Ski Team athletes have been heading to New Zealand in shifts. About half of them are there already, with more athletes flying down on August 13. The U.S. Nordic skiers are following suit, and will be spending some key on-snow time at the Snow Park Resort in New Zealand.

“The conditions down here at the Snow Farm represent what we often see in our northern hemisphere winter,” says U.S. Cross Country Coach Matt Whitcomb. “The tracks are wide and long and the terrain is varied. Athletes will take what they’ve been tackling on rollerskis and transfer it to daily on snow technique and video work.”

“This is such an important camp for us,” echoed U.S. Ski Team cross-country sprinter Andy Newell. “You really can’t beat the skiing in New Zealand.”

Newell is also looking forward to next season and is happy to be part of such a powerful team. “I think that the team is looking stronger than ever. After such an incredible World Championships last year it feels like the whole Nordic Team has a new motivation for the Olympics,” Newell said. “Last year was just the beginning, we surprised a lot of people but this season at the Olympics we’re going to make some serious noise.”

The Nordic Team will remain in New Zealand through the end of the week.


photo: MasterSkier