That’s a Wrap: Summer Junior Camps

Another summer full of ski camps has again come and gone. Reflecting back at them, has made me realize just how far the central region has come in providing training opportunities for young athletes. Not too long ago there were hardly any options for young skiers to go to a summer skiing camp. Now we have groups of 50+ athletes being able to come together and train is awesome to see. It’s not just the older athletes that are being exposed to these opportunities. This summer we consistently had large groups of skiers under the age of 16 years of age. Since the camps have been such a hit, we have maxed out most of our camp locations, but I would say that is a good problem to have to figure out what to do with in the coming years.

June and July Camp Photos | August Camp Photos

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As far as the CXC Junior Program, I have been happy with the groups focus and attitude to training hard over the summer. Everyone has seen improvements in technique, fitness and strength over the past 3 months and we look forward to building on the base we have created over the summer. A big focus for most of them will be to maintain and improve the gains they have made through the fall sports that they participate in. That means getting into the weight room on occasion and not letting the dust collect on their roller skis. Our camps will continue throughout the fall with weekend camps in September and October, a full week long camp on snow (hopefully!) in November, and a post-Christmas camp in December.

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- Andy Keller, CXC Development Coach

 

Volunteer Program for IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Launched

Preparations for the largest gathering of international athletes since Sochi 2014 continue with the launch of the volunteer program for Cable 2015, including a video aimed at attracting recruits.

Organizers of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships taking place in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, from January 22- February 1, launched their volunteer program on Thursday August 21st aimed at recruiting the multitude of helpers needed to host such a prestigious international event.

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Photo Credits: James Netz Photography

Cable 2015 is expected to gather around 150 athletes from 20 countries less than one year after the most successful Paralympic Winter Games ever took place in Sochi, Russia.

The volunteer program allows individuals and groups to participate in the World Championships by helping to fill key roles and provides them with a behind the scenes glimpse into a major international competition. Depending on the length of service, volunteers can receive meals and accommodation along with complimentary merchandise.

The IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships will need between 350-400 volunteers over the 12 days of the event. Volunteer opportunities include helping with the start and finish line areas, course patrol, biathlon range, press services, security and crowd control, stadium set-up, race administration, medical and much more. Opportunities include both inside and outside spaces.

To sign up as a volunteer for Cable 2015 go to: www.Cable2015.com/volunteering

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A video launched to support the recruitment drive features several key volunteers already committed to Cable 2015 discussing their experiences from two previous World Cup events and their anticipation for the upcoming Championships.

The volunteer trailer can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abwhYQmoEr8.

Jane Mandli, one of the volunteer coordinators for Cable 2015, says she is excited to see the event come together.

“It’s very exciting to be a part of bringing such a prominent competition to Northern Wisconsin. The quality and character of our volunteers at the World Cup events stood out in the minds of everyone who was here for those and that is part of why the World Championships are coming.”

Mandli is also thrilled with the level of experience from some of the volunteers that have already signed up.

“With such a large event we really need, and will use, everyone who signs up for Cable 2015 but it is truly amazing to see the large number of volunteers already registering. I am very impressed with the vast experience that many of the volunteers have as well. This is going to be an amazing event!”

Cable 2015 will feature the largest and strongest contingency of US athletes at a Nordic Skiing World Championships. Many of the men in Team USA are veterans representing all branches of the military. The American women, led by Oksana Masters and Tatyana McFadden, are becoming a force to be reckoned with after winning multiple medals in Sochi.

More information can be found at www.Cable2015.com or contact James Bolen, Chief of Event Support at: jb@2015ipcnordicwch.us or 715.798.3977.

“This is going to be EPIC!!”

CXC Continues To Partner With Rossignol

CXC is proud to announce the continuation of it’s important sponsorship with Rossignol, thru Group Rossignol North America for another season. “We are thrilled to have the support for our athletes with Rossignol, a worldwide leader in the cross-country ski sport. Their support means more of our athlete’s get exposure to World Cup quality gear, that helps them ski better and faster.”

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CXC Team Rossignol Nordic Racing Van

 

Rossignol, which turned 100 years old in 2007, is a company that supports the mountain lifestyle mission with passionate commitment coupled with a professional and authentic mountain branding.

“Partnering with CXC was a very easy decision for Rossignol,” said Ryan Green, Nordic Division Manager for Rossignol North America, saying… CXC is a steward of the sport and continually works to create opportunities for people to discover develop and excel within the sport. This is true whether it is an elementary school student trying skiing for the first time with the youth program, a club utilizing the training center or a new high school coach attending the Level 100 certification. These efforts are increasing accessibility and participation in skiing along with improving the experience of all skiers.”

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 10.15.00 AMGreen went on to praise the CXC Team calling it an important part of their racing program. “We work with CXC on every aspect of equipment selection with the athletes and ensure we have open communication throughout the process. We start with product education and selection in the summer, validate with on snow testing in the early winter and continue to test throughout the winter. Working with Bill, Andrew and the athletes has been a very rewarding experience and is a part of our continuing education. All of us feel confident that when we work together and learn from each other we have the right skis in the bag and, more importantly, the athletes know which skis to use based on conditions and terrain. This allows us to be more efficient leading up to the race start.”

CXC Head Coach Bill Pierce feels strongly about the Rossignol brand.

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Bill Pierce

I have worked with quite a few different ski companies and reps over the years. Most companies have good product and can get you skis that can run well. Then last year with Rossignol has been that and way more. There are a few reasons that I add the “More” to the last statement, but I will only mention two. The service that we have received as a racing team is unlike anything I have had or experienced before.

Paul Clark is the best race services director and tech in North America in my opinion. He fulfilled all our expectations and much more. We not only received extremely high quality race product, but we got it early, tested it, and received better if we were not satisfied. He helped us pick, test, and retest until we ended up with the best ski fleets possible. Second, after one year on the product, I feel it is the best quality in the business. Bottom line, the skis are light, responsive, and FAST! The boots are light, give great ski feel, and still they are really warm! Just what an athlete is looking for.”

By: Peter Graves, CXC Public Relations

Performance Testing in Nordic Skiing Webinar

froWHEN:
Thursday, August 14 | 5pm CST

WHERE:
xcountrylive.tv

GUEST:
Matt Whitcomb, Women’s XC Coach, U.S. Ski Team

In addition to answering questions from coaches, Matt will share his personal testing philosophy, as well as some specific workouts he uses or noticed other programs using that are effective benchmarks.

If you have questions for Matt, please e-mail them to us or post on the webinar page.

Join CXC Coaches In The Northwoods Of Wisconsin

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Break out of your local routine and join CXC Team coaches in the northwoods of Wisconsin for our focused technique training camp. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced.

COACHES:

- Yuriy Gusev, CXC Athletic Director
– Bill Pierce, CXC Team Head Coach
– Andy Keller, CXC Team Development Coach

PRICE:

- CXC Masters Team Members (?) – free
– CXC Academy ‘V.I.P. Club’ Members (?) – $100 per camp
– Non-Members – $200 per camp

* Food and lodging are not included.

Schedule | Online Registration

Staying Busy With Adaptive Nordic Events

The CXC coaching staff have been invited to participate in several regional adaptive sport gatherings. The tour begins on July 26th with several staff members heading to Chicago for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s (RIC) Military Sports Camp. The camp invited injured veterans to participate in 14 different adaptive sports including our cross country ski and biathlon station.

Simultaneously, other members of our staff will be manning a table at the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Expo hosted by the Medical College of Wisconsin in West Allis, WI. This looks to be a huge event for the adaptive public with many different sports and activities represented.

CXC will also be attending the Valor Games hosted by World Sport Chicago. The Valor games is an introductory adaptive sports competition for veterans and service members with a primary physical disability or visual impairment. Our biathlon station was a huge hit last year and we look forward to the opportunity to meet new potential athletes!

Adaptive Sports Camps