41 Youth Athletes and Coaches from Around Midwest Attended Camp at Wolverine Nordic Village Last Weekend
Ironwood, MI (August 11, 2015) – This past weekend, 27 energetic athletes ages 10-14, and 14 coaches from 10 different Nordic ski programs across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan gathered at Wolverine Nordic Village in Ironwood, MI for the Igor Legacy Camp.
“It was well worth the time, effort, and energy! It was awesome to see “ski smiles” on the faces of young athletes and to see the vast improvements with each skill and activity.” commented Bruce Manske, Youth Development Coordinator for Central Cross Country Ski Association.
The Ironwood camp was the last of three Igor Legacy Camps to happen this summer. The first being in June, held at Iola Winter Sports Club in Iola, WI and the Second held at Lake Bemidji State Park in Bemidji, MN. A total of 96 athletes participated in the Igor Legacy Camp this summer. A special thank you to all parents and coaches for assisting with all three camps, and Igor Badamshin for his legacy that continues to inspire so many of us.
“One of the reasons the Igor Legacy Camps are successful is because young skiers, ages 9-14, from across the Midwest join together to work and play in an outdoor setting, make new friends, and to learn about Nordic skiing from each other.” added Manske.
About Igor Legacy Camp:
The Igor Legacy Camp is a program designed to promote the growth and development of junior cross country ski racers. It is primarily aimed at U12 (ages 10-11 year olds) and U14 (ages 12-13). The intention is to create a camp to inspire and excite youth in Igor Badamshin’s honor. The goal of the Igor Legacy Camps includes promoting fun and fitness, and an enthusiasm for Nordic skiing as a life-long sport. The kids learned the benefits of running, ski walking and bounding, participated in classic and skate rollerskiing techniques, and dryland technique drills.
About Igor Badamshin:
Igor Badamshin (June 12, 1966 – January 24, 2014) was a Soviet/Russia cross-country skier who competed from 1989 to 1997. He won a bronze medal in the 4 x 10 km relay at the 1993 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun and earned his best individual finishes of 5th twice at the world championships (1989: 50 km, 1993: 30 km). In his later years, Badamshin resided in Cable, WI and coached many youth and junior athletes. His effective positive playful approach touched and inspired skiers of all ages.
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