U.S. Adaptive Cross Country ski team starts with a bang

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 21, 2009 11:59 am

The U.S. Adaptive Cross Country Ski Team has taken to the mountain in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to start their training for the season. The early snowfall there has created a great environment on which to train.

Here’s Adaptive Cross Country Head Coach Greg Rawlings: “Our goal is exposing them to snow and just seeing where people are and getting comfortable with new equipment, new frames, and new body positions on-snow. Basically we did a couple days of, here’s what it feels like, and now we are doing intervals today, some strength workouts, and a couple time trials. We’ve definitely changed some things. We changed the type of training we do and focused the training. It looks like it’s paying off. We have a leaner team and they look a bit quicker, which is good. But they’ve always been really strong and we just needed a little more percentage of speed. The main focus is just to get to race speed. It’s a very small community of athletes, so they don’t get the opportunity to train with other elite adaptive athletes very often,” stated Rawlings. “They might think they’re going fast, but then they come out here and say oh yeah that’s what it looks like.”

Athlete Sean Halsted added: “For this camp, I think it is specifically to get a good idea. I know what hard work is, but I want to know what that is in relation to the U.S. Team, so I can get a good feel when I show up for the first competition. I’ll use this as a spring board to say, ok this is where I need to be and this is where the rest of U.S. Team is. This is a line I can use as a comparison to see how the rest of the world is doing,” said Halsted. “Then I will know that I need to work at this level and that level.”