One of the most exhilarating aspects of Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) programs is seeing young ski racers start to find their pathway. This past weekend Standing Rocks County Park between Stevens Point and Amherst, Wis. was the scene as 29 athletes from around the Midwest took part in the first of four Igor Legacy Camps.
The focus goals of the four 2018 Igor Camps, which are designed for U12 and U14 aged athletes, are to promote growth and development of junior cross country skiers and to provide exposure to the fundamental building blocks required for successful cross country skiing, as well as summer training with teammates, and meeting new Nordic friends.
Skiers were greeted by hot temperatures. The training focus was on learning roller skiing and ski technique skills along with basic movement and agility. Coaches also presented fun educational sessions on technique, where skiing can take you and what skiing is like growing up somewhere else.
While many of the camp athletes were veterans of past Igor Camps, new groups from Ely, Minn., MYSL Skiwerx and Loppet Nordic Racing joined in.
Other participating clubs included:
Bay Nordic, Iola Winter Sports Club, Loppet Adventure Team, Ely Nordic Ski Club, Blackhawk Ski Club, Madison Nordic Ski Club, Northwoods Nordic, Northern Kettle Moraine, Wausau Night Gliders and Peak Nordic.
The camp was led by CXC Coach Joe Haggenmiller, along with coaches Kristin Hanson and Jake Barnes who partnered as co-head coaches, super volunteer Gordy Bartholomew, camp cook Allie Rykken, our fourth certified coach on the camp staff, plus all the parent coaches. The partnership between CXC staff and volunteers is a valuable part of Igor Camps.
Parents play an integral role in any camp for this age group.
My girls Sylvia and Lucy attended for the first time and came home very enthusiastic to go back next year! – said Mandy Wright. Thank you for organizing great programs for our ski kids!
This is the fifth year of Igor Camps with support from CXC, Wisconsin Nordic Development Group and the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, along with several Midwest cross country ski shops.
Additional camps are coming up July 13-15 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., July 20-22 at the Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, Minn. and August 10-12 at Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Mich.
Limited spots are available for Duluth, which will also include an adventure outing along the Superior Hiking Trail.
The intention of each camp is to inspire and excite youth in honor of Igor Badamshin. His positive and playful approach to coaching has touched and inspired skiers of all ages.
Igor was instrumental in developing senior and junior performance programs for CXC from 2008-14. He helped many athletes and coaches gain experience and skills in the sport of cross country skiing with his love for skiing, coaching and youth development leaving a legacy of success.
For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, please contact Joe Haggenmiller !