U.S. Ski Cross to train in Telluride

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 2, 2009 9:47 am

The U.S. Ski Team’s Ski Cross athletes are set for their training in Telluride, CO Dec. 5-11, a camp which is becoming a favorite annual event.
”Telluride has been gracious enough to host us both last year and this year for our camp,” U.S. Ski Cross coach Tyler Shepherd said. “The community is very excited about both snowboardcross and ski cross being there and they’ve done a phenomenal job at putting us up and showing us the red carpet.”

X Games gold medalists and former Alpine racing stars Casey Puckett (Aspen, CO) and Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) are also psyched for their pending on-snow prep. “Not a lot of places have full-length courses and we will have that in Telluride,” Puckett said.

“The lucky part of this is that they’re (Telluride officials) going to be preparing Telluride for the World Cup snowboardcross event, so we have Jeff Ihaksi doing the building down there,” Shepherd said. “We’re going to be ahead of the game because we’re going to mimic the Olympic start and work on that as much as we can over there.”

“The start is 75 percent of the importance of a heat. It’s how you win a heat,” Puckett explained. “It’s extremely important to get out front because if you come out last every time you are really making it hard on yourself.”

After Telluride, U.S. Ski Cross athletes will head to the season’s first ski cross World Cup in Italy Dec. 21-22.

”This is going to be our last camp before our first World Cups and Telluride is going to be a great location because you have everything you need,” Shepherd said. “It’s a great community with a great mountain and lots of terrain and they’re willing to work with us on all of our needs.”



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