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NZ Wrap

Fri, Aug  31, 2007 - By Pat Casey, TeamToday.org

What's next...

The USST New Zealand training camp is now over. To be more precise, it has been over for a week now. Our group was stellar down there. Everyone stayed healthy, trained well, and is now fitter.

Some of our main goals during this camp are technique and equipment related. We can use the mid-winter conditions to test new skis. This year we had lots of different conditions so we could test everything from extra blue to harries. The athletes technical improvements was visible from the beginning to the end of the camp. All of these goals were accomplished without losing sight of the number one goal. Fitness...

So, now we are back at home. Between camps the athletes go home, as do the coaches. The athletes work with their home clubs/ teams, home coaches, and ski communities. We won't see eachother again until the first of October in Lake Placid.

The camp ended with some spectacular skiing. Part of the group, pictured below, enjoyed a 4 hour ski tour the day before leaving. This great ski tour should be enough to fill our dreams until we get back on snow in October (for the sprinters heading to Dusseldorf) or November for the rest of us...

(Liz Stephen, Torin Koos, Kevin Hoctl, Kate Whitcomb, and Matt Whitcomb) On the up track... Not pictured but also along for the trip were Nat Anglem, and myself...

 

The road less traveled...

 

A nice view of the group in front of the Southern Alps...

 

Skiing through tussock mounded sheep pastures to get to the top...

 

Mount Aspiring in the background...

 

After all the 'up' Liz Stephen gets ready to drop-in...

 

Nat Anglem is the fastest Kiwi on skinny skis. It was nice to have him along on our tour...

 

Matt Whitcomb testing the waters...

 

Kate Whitcomb (Sun Valley Olympic Development Team) doing more than just keeping up with her older brother...

 

The sun has set on our latest camp...

Train well...

Be well...

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