Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Week of 3/16 Update

I hope everyone has had a good couple of weeks. Congratulations on your performances at the J2 Festival and Eastern High School Championships. The racing has ended but I hope you’re all celebrating a fantastic season. We’ve had great snow all season and it still continues! What a change from last year.

We’ll practice this Saturday from 9:00-10:30 at Pineland, we’ll freestyle.

I just got back from coaching at JO’s. Maine Coast Nordic was well represented at JO’s with the results from Adele. She finished 22nd, 3rd, 12th, and 4th in the relay. She sure made the East proud!

I learned a lot on the trip and I wanted to share a few things with you:

**If you’re a competitive J2 on the Eastern Cup scene, you’ll be amongst the best in the country. The New England J2’s are superior to all other J2’s in the country; they dominated all races at Junior Olympics. One example, New England’s 7th ranked J2 female skier (she qualified to JO’s as an alternate) finished 2nd overall in one race. I have full confidence that several MCN J2’s could compete with any J2 nationally.

**The Eastern Cup is the most competitive junior race series in the country. There were many regions represented at Junior Olympics, only Alaska has depth that matches New England. If you qualify for JO’s in New England, you’re likely to do well.

**Volunteers do their share of shoveling at Western races. We had better snow in Maine than Alaska had all season.

**New England club racers (Maine Coast Nordic, Cambridge Sports Union, and Ford Sayre) had consistently stronger results than ski academies. You control the type of ski racer that you’re going to be. The school or academy that you attend does not dictate the type of ski racer you’re going to be.

**Stay clear of any moose that you see on the ski trails.

I’d be happy to meet with anyone individually to talk about the season and establish your goals for next ski season. The sooner we do this the better. Email me and we can set up a time. Have a good rest of the week and I’ll be at Pineland on Saturday.

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