Wow I suddenly blinked and its Wednesday night already. Time flies when you're with the best damn ski racers in the world!
Tuesday the guys had a full-out Downhill training day...top to bottom, full strip, timing with two splits, balls to the wall, ALL OUT! This is some serious speed training they have here. Great track to prepare for every DH on the World Cup circuit. Its got the speed, pitch, and huge airs necessary to get the guys dialed in. The coaches were thrilled today with how well everyone performed under the new conditions. This is going to be a very successful camp for the team.
I forgot to bring my camera up on Tuesday (whoops) but I'll be sure to take twice as many photos and videos during my final day here at Portillo. The plan for tomorrow is for most of the guys to train DH from 8-11am and a few of the more tech-specific guys are going to get some GS in from 8-9 before heading over to the DH track. I'm also going to jump in on the GS training but only after slayer-pros like Ted Ligety, Tommy Ford, and Jake Zamansky set a rippin line for me.
Today (Wed) was a day off for the staff and athletes. They typically do 3 hard days followed by a day off to recover. However, not a day off for the ski technicians or NBC crew. The team has 4 technicians working non-stop to make sure these guys have the fastest skis this season. They do a ton of work behind the scenes and deserve mucho credit. Here's a photo but only includes about 1/10th of the athlete's speed skis that were brought to the camp:
The team had lunch at Tio Bob's which is a very scenic outdoor grill here at Portillo. And yes NBC got every second of it! They definitely love the team and have been working tirelessly for the Olympic ski racing promotion.
I got to take a couple free-runs with the guys today. Fun to hang with them outside of "work" haha. The guys are awesome and very grounded. This is a video of me making some big SG turns down the Kilometro Lanzado:
I won't be able to update tomorrow but will have plenty more to add once I get back to the US. Thanks for checking in!