Park City, UT, July 24, 2001--Monday's calendar says it's 200 days until the 2002 Olympic. U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team athletes say it's another training day as they get set for first Winter Games of the 21st Century.
As the Salt Lake Organizing Committee ticks off another days-away milestone, U.S. athletes--most of them hoping to earn their own spot at the Olympics next Feb. 8-24 in Utah--are spread from Alaska to Chile. And the skiers or snowboard riders who aren't taking part in a preseason camp have just returned from a camp or are about to leave for another one.
A quick look at who's where:
Alpine men: The men just completed a dryland camp in San Clemente, CA, which featured strength and coordination workouts plus conditioning drills in their brutal, annual Oceanman water rescue competition. The men went to San Clemente directly from a five-day on-snow camp at Mount Hood, OR. Next month, the slalom and giant slalom are scheduled to train for 2-1/2 weeks in New Zealand while the downhill and super G racers will be in Chile for two weeks.
Alpine women: The women are in the midst of their own dryland camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista following an early-July on-snow training camp at Mount Hood. In August, the women's speed group (DH/SG) will train in Chile for nearly two weeks and the gate-runners are scheduled to be in Norway for the same amount of time.
Cross country: The Ski Team will continue to train on Alaska's Eagle Glacier, outside Anchorage, until Wednesday and return next month for another 10-day session at the glacier.
Freestyle: The men and women on the moguls team are in Chile for a 10-day camp. The aerials team, which completed a three-week water ramp camp (jumping into a splash pool) July 16 at Utah Olympic Park outside Park City, saw the World Cup season-opening events at Australia's Mount Buller Ski Area outside Melbourne postponed for a month because of poor snow. So, the World Cup aerialists, will have a couple days off before starting another water ramp cap in early August at the Utah Olympic Park.
Jumping: After a two-week training camp in Finland, the jumpers completed a 10-day water ramp camp at Utah Olympic Park, too. They will hold another five-day camp starting Wednesday at the facility, which will be the Olympic jumping venue in February, and then return to Europe July 30 for additional training.
Nordic combined: The combined skiers recently returned from a two-week camp in Norway which blended jumping and cross country training. While some members of the Ski Team are training on the Eagle Glacier in Alaska this week, two others are working on their jump training at Utah Olympic Park. On the 28th, the entire team will start another weeklong camp at Utah Olympic Park.
Snowboard: Following a week of gymnastics and coordination training last week at Woodward's renowned gymnastics camp in Pennsylvania, the riders are now in the halfpipe at Mount Hood, OR, joining the parallel GS alpine team which has been there since last week. Next month, the alpine riders will head to South America for two weeks of additional riding.