After finishing the season a lot has happened. Starting in May I began my training with the USA Nordic Combined Team, which was the team that I qualified for this winter. Training for the first few months of of the summer was very good I could feel myself getting faster every day and with a new coach for Ski Jumping, Nic Huber, from Austria I was very confident in our ability to improve on our weaker side of the sport. Nic was the coach for the Norwegian Nordic Combined team over the last 5 years and brought great success to them. When we heard that he could possibly be our coach for the coming years we as a whole team were very excited.
Also in April I started my Junior year of High School at the Winter Sports School. Luckily the teachers are very understanding about training. Therefore helping me to be able to complete the necessary training. Through the month of June we had a very large distance block, this means we did a lot of minutes and long slow distance workouts. But one of the best things in June was our trip to New York for the CRI Ride. This ride was a fundraiser to benefit the Cancer Research Institute. We were there for four days and rode close to 250 miles. It was a great experience with great people.
The week after that we worked our way to Steamboat for the annual Fourth of July competition and camp. It was fun to get our first competition out of the way for the summer and everyone on the team competed at a very high level. After we went home we had three weeks of good intensity training and jumping before nationals. When National came I was excited to see what I could do considering my success getting 7th last year. Especially because I was jumping well.
At the event I was a little underwhelmed by my first jump in the trial round, which stressed me out. This unfortunately made me want to try harder (which by the way isn't what you want to do usually) in my first competition round, I didn't quite have the jump I was looking for and would be starting 6th in the race. After that jump I remembered that less is sometimes more and the next jump had a much better jump, flying just short of the K Point. The race would be held that afternoon at Soldier Hollow. At this point all of the athletes headed over to Midway. It was nearly 100 degrees at the race course that afternoon meaning all competitors would have to be very hydrated for the race. In the race I managed to hold my spot in 6th place. This was a personal best result at US Nationals for me. I was very happy about this and was ready for the next chapter of the summer heading out to Europe the next weekend.