That's a wrap! Hope to see you all next summer! If you can't wait a whole year, check out the 2017/2018 GMVS Race Camp menu. We look forward to working with all of you again soon! Have a great summer!
Last day today and it was "race" day! Race simulation is a tool used at almost every level of ski racing to desensitize athletes to the pressures of competition, complete with a bib draw, forerunners, and a timer. Thomas, Prescott, Katie and Hannah were forerunners who set the line. Then the kids practiced a focused inspection, studying closely the line that the college skiers took. Everyone killed the "race" and proceeded to have a really fun, productive day of training. This afternoon we cleaned our condos and had a birthday celebration for Griffin. We said goodbye to those who are driving home tonight, and we're all packed up and ready for our travel day tomorrow!
Today was exciting for a couple of reasons. First, we got to train with two members of the Dartmouth men's carnival team, (Thomas Woolson (GMVS '11), and Prescott McLaughlin). They set an awesome track for the kids to follow and talked to them about tactics. Then we ran 3 separate sections: an apex drill, a 24m corridor, and a GS course that incorporated rhythm changes and under-gates. The kids did a really good job adapting to the new set of challenges presented by the rhythm changes.
After lunch we did static stretching and core for regeneration. At the end, we did a plank competition. Our victor, Griffin, lasted for 6 minutes and 30 seconds (pictured above). At our nightly meeting, Thomas, who happens to be the captain of the Dartmouth ski team next year, came back to talk to the kids. He covered a bunch of different topics, including the importance of balancing academics and athletics, dealing with pitfalls and plateaus in performance, and committing yourself to do what you love.
Tomorrow is our last day on snow, and we have an exciting surprise in store!