CampsTrainingSummer Training kicks off in Ft. Kent, Maine

FasterSkierJune 30, 2006

Athletes from around Aroostook County and Southern Maine gathered in Ft. Kent for the summer’s first training camp. A well energized staff from the Maine Winter Sports Center and U.S. Biathlon Team greeted the athletes as they arrived at the Lodge, the newer apartments on the campus of the University of Maine-Ft. Kent. Focusing on the basics, body position in both classic and skate skiing as well as biathlon shooting position were high on the list. “We’re trying to drill the basic fundamentals. If the athletes can learn these then we can build off of this foundation and we’ll see some great improvements,” stated MWSC Coach Will Sweetser.

MWSC Biathlon Coach Gary Colliander instruction on the range at the 10th Mtn. Ski Center

The final day began with the normal wake up run, walk and stretch along with the beautiful weather Mother Nature decided to provide. Shooting games, tests and head to head competitions were on the top of the list for today. “We’ve drilled a lot of the basics, today was a fun day to let them go head to head and see what happens when the pressure is on,” MWSC Biathlon Coach Gary Colliander stated. Ski walking technique and a short distance workout around the 10th Mountain trails concluded the camp. Athletes left the camp tired, but with more knowledge about training and new found energy to continue their quest of improvement. Everyone was back at 8am on Tuesday ready to go at it again, step by step, working to gain ground on their goals.

Special thanks to the University of Maine-Ft. Kent, the 10th Mountain Ski Club, the Four Season’s Ski Club and Rock’s Diner.

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