Eager young athletes got together in Duluth, Minn. in mid-July for a weekend of fun, fitness and skill development at Central Cross Country Skiing’s (CXC) Igor Legacy Camps. The series of camps each summer are designed as entry level experiences for athletes 10-13 (U12 and U14 age groups). An enthusiastic group of 29 athletes spent the weekend at Duluth’s College of St. Scholastica.
“CXC’s Igor Camps are perfect as an introduction to cross country ski racing for enthusiastic young athletes,” said CXC Coach Joe Hagenmiller. “It was our first time at the College of St. Scholastica for our camp and it was a great host site.”
The focus goals of the four 2018 Igor Camps 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.
These focuses are enhanced by our coaching partners from either the local clubs and community or who are parents of camp participants. The Duluth Camp Staff was fantastic to work with. The CXC Staff of Bruce Manske, Karen Manske, Joe Haggenmiller and Amy Cichanowski were joined by Co-Head Coach Siiri Morse of Duluth’s Nordic North Stars program and Mary Bola of Anwatin Trail Kids. Other parent staff pitching in to coach were Amy Oken, Marc Beitz, Don Galloway, and Hao Peng.
Nearly 20 clubs from around the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Central Region had athletes at the camp. With a strong cross country presence in Duluth, local coaches were in abundance.
The Igor Legacy Camps, which are open to any athletes under 14, provide a platform for athletes to learn more about dry land training, get technique help from experienced coaches plus learn to integrate with others. The College of St. Scholastica provided easily accessible training, dorm living and a great college cafeteria for athletes to mingle during meal periods.
Another benefit of the Duluth location was close access to the Superior Hiking Hill for a half-day hike plus a picnic at Thompson Hill.
The series of four Igor Legacy Camps continued the following weekend at Mora, Minnesota. The series then heads to Ironwood, Mich. August 10-12. For more information on the CXC Igor Legacy Camps, go to www.cxcskiing.org.
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.
Battle Creek MYSL
Blake School Ski Team
Ely Nordic Wolves
Giants Ridge MYSL
Hiawatha Skiklubb MYSL
Loppet Nordic Racing Anwatin Trail Kids
Loppet Nordic Racing Wirth Trail Kids
Math and Science Academy Ski Team
Mesabi East/Virginia/Eveleth-Gilbert Nordic Ski Team
Nordic North Stars
St. Croix Valley Ski League
Chippewa Valley Nordic
Lakeland Nordic Ski Team
Spooner Ski Team