Masters cross country skiers in the Midwest have a unique opportunity this fall and winter to both develop their own skills and help aspiring young athletes.
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) will hold a series of weekend-long camps from August to December. Proceeds will go directly to support junior athletes from Central Region attending international events. The camps are open to any athletes with a focus on master skiers.
Each will feature a celebrity guest coach along with the CXC high performance staff. The emphasis will be on technique with hands-on coaching and feedback during roller ski or on-snow sessions. Each camp will include evening presentation from guest coach on their athletic career and international racing.
Each camp will help with the cause of supporting athletes striving towards excellence in international competitions. Much of the funding to support Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships and the annual U18 international trip comes from grants provided by National Nordic Foundation (NNF). CXC’s goal with its masters camps is to provide additional support specific to helping Central athletes and their families.
“This support is really vital for young athletes and their families,” said CXC Executive Director Yuriy Gusev. “Masters skiers can help through their participation in these CXC camps and make a difference for these future stars of our sport. Our eventual goal is that our athletes can attend these international events – starts they have earned – without having to pay for the privilege.”
All camps will be held in Cable, Wisconsin, taking advantage of the culture of the American Birkebeiner and the amazing roller ski terrain in the region.
The weekend camps will cost $200 for full engagement in the program. Meals and lodging are not included in the $200 coaching fee. Registration is now available at:
CXC MASTERS CAMP SCHEDULE
August 17-19 (Cable, Wis.) – Technique Camp
Guest Coach: Tad Elliott
September 28-30 (Cable, Wis.) – Technique Camp
Guest Coach: Deedra Irwin
October 9-14 (Park City, Utah) – Altitude Training Camp
Camp Host: Dave Knoop
Note: Space limited at this camp
October 19-21 (Cable, Wis.) – Technique Camp
Guest Coach: Ivan Babikov & Steve Myrland
Note: Clinic will be as a part of coaches conference
November 23-25 (Cable, Wis.) – Technique Camp
Guest Coach: Matt Liebsch
December 28-30 (Cable, Wis.) – Technique Camp
Guest Coach: Deedra Irwin
Typical Weekend Clinic Program
Friday afternoon – Skate Technique (free skate, double pole & V1)
Saturday morning – Classic Technique (striding, double pole, diagonal stride)
Saturday afternoon – Skate Technique (V2 and V2 Alt)
Saturday evening – Inspire Excellence Presentation
Sunday morning – Classic Technique (diagonal stride and kick double pole)
Three-time Olympian Ivan Babikov is a legend in North American cross country skiing. He competed for both his native Russia at Torino and for his adopted Canada in Vancouver and Sochi. He was fifth in the 2010 Olympic skiathlon. More recently he had been coaching the Canadian National Team.
An accomplished cross country skier and pro mountain bike racer, Durango, Colorado native Tad Elliott is a veteran of three World Championship teams.
Wisconsin native Deedra Irwin forged a strong career in cross country skiing with CXC club Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST), qualifying for U23 World Championships and skiing for Michigan Tech University. She is now pursuing biathlon as a member of the U.S. Biathlon Team.
Minnesota native Matt Liebsch grew up racing in CXC programs, forging a pathway to becoming a top elite racer competing on the World Cup tour and picking up an American Birkebeiner win. He is also known as a guru on cross country ski equipment, now working with Pioneer Midwest in his hometown of Osseo, Minn.
Steve Myrland is currently the Wellness Director and District Performance Coach for Athletics at Middleton School District in Wisconsin. As a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin (1988-2000), Myrland was part of Big Ten and national championship in hockey, soccer, cross country, tennis and rowing. In 1993-94, he worked with the San Jose Sharks where the Sharks set an NHL team record for single-season improvement. He is also a faculty member of the GAIN Network, which provides a global platform for education, innovation and motivation in athletic development.