|the younger girls teaching me a thing or two :)|
The camp included kids ages 7-13, so we had quite the range in ability level, interest, and knowledge. Luckily every kid that showed up yesterday was fired up to ski and have fun, so we had no problem keeping the energy rolling. We started the day out talking about US skiing, and some of the best athletes that are competing for our country. We then moved on to teaching them the different levels of racing, and what each level means. With so many different races, and different types of races, we educated the kids on the various disciplines that all of us older athletes are participating in. I was surprised to learn that many of these children following ski racing, whether it be through the Olympics, through their parents, or even sometimes on TV.
|The older athletes giving a talk at the beginning|
|Me demonstrating to the kids what a lunge looks like|
|leading a group of younglins|
|mesmerized by the posters!!|
It was a great day, and hopefully we were able to inspire these kids to follow in the same direction that some of the elite athletes of the Methow have achieved. They all seemed to have a great time, so hopefully they will continue to follow racing, keep developing in their training, and one day be teaching their "younger generation" to love the process.
|skiing with Cooper Klein|
Erik and I were hoping to make this an annual thing, so look for it to be coming again next year!
Thanks to Mazama Community Center for letting us host, and Methow Nordic Team for helping us organize!
|Casey and I demonstrating sprinting.|
Thanks to Pat Leigh for all the great photos from the day!!!