CampsTrainingSkiing the South Island, New Zealand Style with U.S. Cross County

FasterSkierAugust 8, 2008

The view from the back of the pack. From L-R: Koos, Cook, Wadsworth, Newell. (Photo by Paul Murray).

“As a team we really feel New Zealand provides the best on-snow training in the world, said Wadsworth. “We’ve been to the Haig. We’ve been to Dachstein. New Zealand’s got them all beat. It’s the absolute best skiing in the world. Sitting at 1600 meters, it’s not too high. You can get in quality speed and interval training without it taking too much out of the body. At the Snow Farm, we get all kinds of conditions, not just skiing on melting glaciers. The trails begin right out your door…”

The N.Zed crew. L-R: Cook, Wadsworth, Newell, Koos. (Photo by Paul Murray).

The Continental Cup Team is in Sun Valley, Idaho for a nine day dryland camp. “In Sun Valley, we’ll hook up with the local club for all our training sessions. The camp has a volume emphasis. We’re putting a priority on getting in some cool long distance adventures while mountain running and bounding, said Continental Cup Coach Matt Whitcomb. “We’ll have twenty people together in our training groups. This ensures the focus in sessions like the double pole intensity and 10km freestyle time trial is high.

“I’m also looking forward to the Wiffle Ball World Championships. The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation has challenged our title as the best waffle ball-playing cross-country skiers in the world. They take their wiffle ball seriously up there, but with athletes like Leif Zimmermann and Liz Stephens lining up for us, we’ve got the ringers to keep our title. In all seriousness, I’m excited to get our up-and-coming athletes together and see how much progress they’ve made since our last camp in Bend.”

Torin Koos is a member of the National A Team for the United States. A World Cup, World Championship and Olympic competitor, Koos brings this experience to the FasterSkier sportscasting arena for the 2007/2008 season.

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