Meeting the Bærums Verk ski team

by Sam R

Yesterday afternoon we loaded our vans and drove for an hour. However we actually “drove” for about half of an hour because most of the time we were stopped in traffic. Finally we arrived and were greeted warmly by Jon, one of the coaches. We all introduced eachother and went for a ski. We wound up to the top of the hill where they showed us their beautiful view of Oslo. After some Awes we continued down the other side and had a race to the bottom. Then we did some sprint relays and tried skiing with one ski over our heads. When we had all had enough skiing, they showed us their club house and we contrasted our countries’ cultures over pizza. We also had the chance to meet the world junior champion and watch some of their ski videos. It was an awesome afternoon and we were all very impressed.

looking at the view
the Bærums Verk stadium and clubhouse

Holmenkollen Preview

This morning we had the oppurtunity to ski the 8.3k Holmenkollen race course that will be used for tomorrow’s 30/50k freestyle World Cup. This was another eye-opening experience, because we were skiing directly with the likes of Marit Bjoergen, Therese Johaug and Emil Jöensen.
The course was absolutely awesome. It had some challenging corners (enough for Isaiah and George to fall on), and also very skiable hills. Its gonna be a really tough race there tomorrow. Here are some pictures of the team on the course.

The team on Sat’s course, Therese Johaug had just passed
Merrens enjoying some cereal with this straight-up wierd, curdled, delicious milk
-Paco, Noah and Isaiah

continued Newell excitement and skiing on the world cup course

Written by Rosalie.

Yesterday we walked off our jet-lag in the city of Drammen where we were able to get extremely close to the finish line of the World Cup classic sprints.  Every time Andy Newell skied by or appeared on the large screen TV, we cheered our hearts out.  We managed to make it on national TV as the proud Americans in a sea of even prouder Norwegians.  When Newell got third in the final round of sprints, it was amazing to see a podium composed of a Norwegian, a Swede, and an American.  As we all know, this doesn’t happen very often…

Today’s ski was just a surreal as yesterday’s world cup adventure.  We skied around the Holmenkollen course as our heros skied by, including Marit Bjoergen. No big deal…

The course was fantastic! As wide as a highway, perfect powder, twisty downhills, and ongoing uphills.  All of us were thinking, “How come we, random Americans from Hanover, NH, have this privilege?”  We skied around with pride and awe, knowing how lucky we were, and what an honor it was to be in our position.

We look forward to ski practice this afternoon with a local club, and watching the 50k in Holmenkollen tomorrow.