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Gallivare Wrap Up

Sun, Nov  19, 2006 - By Pete Vordenberg - TeamToday.org

The first weekend of distance world cup races is over.  I have mixed feelings.  For one we didn't ski up to potential but for two we have not prepared to be at our potential this early.  So while it isn't a great feeling to be below where we want to be it is also something we told ourselves to be prepared for mentally going in to the first world cups.

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The wax cabin.  We have two new waxers on the world cup this season.  We have some organizational work to do before we are functioning like a team, but all the pieces of the team are excellent we just have to fit them together.

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The women's relay.  Warm (0c) and foggy.

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In the women's relay our girls teamed up with the two Canadians.  Kikkan raced a better race in the relay than she did in the individual event.

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The Norwegians opened up their lead in the women's race on the first leg.

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Germany with the hammer down...

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Kris is in shape.  Unfortunately we did not do a good job on the waxing.  It is fortunate however that we faced these tough conditions (0c falling to -1 during the race) so early in the year so we can organize our waxing team to take on the toughest conditions.  The waxers were very bummed out by the skis - but it must be said that we had good classical skis on two out of four of our classical skiers... which is more than many can say for the day.

 

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Norway women team two.  Our sprinters also used this relay for a training event.

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Andrew Newell with hips high...

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Niiiice.

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Koos was kicking off some snow stuck to his skis... but it was a good training event for him anyway.

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The clouds cleared while the men where on course, dropping the temp enough to cause a lot of people trouble with their wax.  Here the lead teams head up out of the stadium.

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Hammering it out.  It wasn't a good weekend for Sweden...

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These skis worked for one lap... and then Norway fell out of contention.

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Beautiful sky, bundled fans.

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Hard work.  Newell and a Norwegian guy skied most the race together.

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Rolling terrain, no really long uphills but lots of them.

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Andrew Johnson and Lars Berger of Norway.

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Ole Einer Bjorndalen and a stuffed Reindeer.

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Dave Chamberlain.

The sprint team took off for Kuusamo today.  Conditions there are minimal snow with 4km of skiing.  But it will be good for them to get a good feel for the sprint course by doing some specific workouts on it.

The distance team is staying here in Gallivare where there is a lot of skiing.  We are still in a building phase of training and so will take advantage of the amount of groomed trails around here.

The next race is next weekend in Kuusamo - a classical sprint and a classical distance race.

Tune in for a podcast from each day next week - it's going to be more and more exciting as we get into the season.

(Vordenberg Images)

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