Inaugural National J2 Talent Camp Scheduled for Summer 2010

FasterSkierApril 29, 2010

The inaugural National J2 Talent Camp will be conducted this July 31- August 8, 2010 on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton Michigan. The camp will provide a great opportunity for many of the top young cross country skiers in the US to train together, learn from USST staff and top club coaches.

The camp will be the first step along the US development pipeline for promising young skiers. The location of the camp will rotate around the US to other great training venues, with the camp to be run in the same time slot each summer – the first week of August. Selections were made using a best two of three individual results from Junior Nationals. In addition, each division may petition for the addition of up to 1 boy and 1 girl to camp.

The National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation has generously committed $5000 in grant support to help underwrite camp expenses so that the cost to the participants is kept as reasonable as possible.

Dave Knoop, NCCSEF President comments; “ This is exactly the kind of partnership we are trying to support. We recognize the commitment and efforts from the USSA and individual coaches who are all coming to together to provide yet another great development opportunity for young talented skiers. The NCCSEF is working hard to become a key funding organization for creative and long term projects like this camp as well as other National projects such as the Scandinavian Series and World Jr/U23 Champs”

The deadline for applying is May 21, 2010.  The cost of the camp is $435, and does not include airfare.

You can download the registration form and invitation letter here (MS Word Documents):

USSA National J2 Talent Camp Invitation 2010

National J2 Camp Registration Form 2010

For more information, please contact Camp Director Rick Kapala at:

208 720-7981 or via email


Rick Kapala, Head Coach Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation

Rick has been the Head Coach in Sun Valley since 1987. During that time he’s worked with numerous top US skiers and has coached internationally at World Junior/U23 Championships and World Champs and has been coaching at the National level for over 25 years.

Alison Deines, Head Coach Jackson Hole Ski Team

After a successful racing career that included NCAA Championships as a member of the University of Colorado program, Ali’s coaching experience includes Winterpark CO, The Sun Valley SEF and currently at the successful Jackson program. She has served as team leader for the Scandinavian Series and also as staff for World Junior Championships.

Janice Sibilia, Competitive Program Director , New England Nordic Ski Association

Under Janice’s leadership, NENSA has continued to develop as the leading junior ski racing divisional program in the US. Janice, a former national level cycling competitor in her youth brings a strong background in training and fitness to her role as a coach.

Josh Smullin, Nordic Coach, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Josh has now been with the SSWSC for two years and in that time the program has continued to grow into one of the top

Junior cross country ski programs in the US. Another former CU Buff, Josh brings a high level of energy and commitment to skiing

Camp Venue:

The camp will be based from the campus of Michigan Technological University. Located in Houghton, Michigan. MTU was chosen as the inaugural site because of the excellent dryland training opportuntites, state of the art gym and athletic facilities, convenient and affordable dorm lodging and meals and central location.

Training Plan:

The goals of the camp are two fold. Provide camp participants with an excellent week of dryland training with other top US Juniors that serves to help motivate participants in their efforts in sk racing. Addtionally, we will be using the camp to provide participants with up to date information on nutrition and health management, current international ski technique and training planning and execution.

Eligible J2’s are listed below.

First Name Last Name Age Affiliation Division Best 2/3
1 Corey Stock 15 Cambridge Sports Union NE 200
2 Heather Mooney 15 Stratton Mtn School NE 180
3 Marion Woods 14 Alaska Winter Stars AK 120
4 Sloan Storey 15 Sun Valley SEF IM 120
5 Maggie Williams 14 Sun Valley SEF IM 100
6 Anika Miller 14 Payette Lakes Ski Team IM 96
7 Madalyn Pfeifer 15 Proctor Academy NE 90
8 Celia Haering 15 APUNSC AK 90
9 Hannah Miller 15 Craftsbury NSC NE 74
10 Kelsey Phinney 15 Boulder Nordic RM 60
11 Tristin Lowe 15 Team Soldier Hollow IM 58
12 Stephanie Kirk 15 Alaska Nordic Racing AK 50
13 Mary O `Connell 15 Steamboart Springs WSC RM 49
14 Rachel Hampton 15 Durango Nordic RM 48
15 Heidi Halvorsen 14 Green Mtn Valley School NE 42
16 Emily Hannah 15 Steamboart Springs WSC RM 37
17 Maranda Stopol 15 Sun Valley SEF IM 32
18 Katrin Larusson 14 Auburn Ski Club FW 31
19 Lucy Newman 15 Steamboart Springs WSC RM 27
20 Nicole Bathe 14 CXC JDP MW 27
1 Cole Morgan 15 Bridger SF IM 200
2 Patrick Caldwell 15 Ford Sayre NE 145
3 John (Jack) Hegman 15 Mansfield Nordic NE 130
4 Eli Hoenig 15 Cambridge Sports Union NE 90
5 Aren Burkemo 15 Team Soldier Hollow IM 90
6 Matthew Nichols 15 Knicker Nordic MW 89
7 Eric Slater 15 Minneapolis Ski Club MW 89
8 Marc Jackson 14 Team Soldier Hollow IM 82
9 Haakon Siguslid 14 Durango Nordic RM 70
10 Gino Pastore 15 Durango Nordic RM 64
11 Austin Hess 15 Alaska Winter Stars AK 62
12 Christian Shaney 15 S&SC Vail RM 62
13 John Glen 15 Alaska Winter Stars AK 56
14 Max Scrimgeour 15 Steamboart Springs WSC RM 54
15 Zachary Lindahl 15 Sun Valley SEF IM 50
16 Bridger Dunnagan 15 Bridger SF IM 48
17 Jackson HILL 15 Summit Nordic RM 41
18 Hamish McEwen 14 Cambridge Sports Union NE 40
19 Kyle Hanson 15 Lathrop HS AK 38
20 Adam Martin 15 Knicker Nordic MW 29


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