Going into a new Olympic cycle is exciting, its like a fresh start, everything starts over and you have 4 years to get yourself together to perform on the worlds biggest stage. Especially after this year, our team as a whole did not perform up to what we had hoped on the larger stages of the sport causing some confusion and frustration with everyone (coaches and athletes alike). This is precisely the reason I am exited to start a new four years with practically an entirely new and very young Nordic Combined Team. The youngest that the US has had in a very long time. With the oldest person being Taylor at 28 and the next five guys all between 22(Jasper) and 18(myself) we have lots of potential to grow and improve.
Starting the new year we took some time off to relax and re-center before going into another full summer of training and travel. The spring was easy with plenty of skiing, biking, and other fun outdoor activities that were missed over the winter and needed to be tended to. But as soon as our very quick 3-4 weeks of "vacay" was over we were right back in the thick of training full time. The first camp was in Bend, Oregon, a beautiful place where we were able to ski every morning and ride bikes every afternoon. We got a very full week of good training in there and then moved on to Hood River where we had one more week of the camp and enjoyed our lucky, sunny weather.
After a great first camp in Oregon we had some time at home before our next camp where we were going to work with our new team sponsor, The Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic was a great experience where the whole USA Nordic Team was together testing and learning more about our bodies and exactly what we need to work on. After testing at their facility in Minneapolis, we headed up north to Coleraine, Minnesota to get our first jumps of the season. This was great, most of us got to jump a new hill and get our bearings back under us. Overall it was a very successful camp that everyone enjoyed and learned a lot from it. This especially was an exciting way to kick off the summer, everyone in one place sharing the thing they love. A perfect way to start our new year