The first event was a 3-person relay that included five push-ups, some GS gates, a couple of hurdles, and several tires. All teams made it through, however, there were a few crashes along the way. In ELITEAM fashion, they all picked themselves up and finished strong!
Then it was on to the “debut” event of Sled-pulling… two Mad River Rockets custom-fitted with a pulling rope. Several brave & courageous Eliteam parents volunteered to be pulled in the sleds through a slalom course. Chaos ensued. Team members fell onto the volunteer parents, gates were run over and broken, and a couple of campers experienced some technical difficulties. Kudos to Margaret and Meaghan who both took a licking and kept on ticking. The results were so close the top three times were within hundredths of each other. Special thanks to the daring parents who volunteered to help out.
Following that the crowd moved indoors to watch the Berg Und Tal competition. The Berg Und Tal is a cool set of boxes constructed at different heights & sizes with a center hub. The athletes have to jump around them in order, returning to the center hub each time. Every Team member had a clean run as the audience watched in total admiration.
Then it was on to the Slalom course which is always an ELITEAM favorite. Deep ruts had developed over the week and the course was running fast. Almost all the athletes had near-perfect runs with three stand-outs… Ellie, Dan, and Paul who all wowed the crowd with their super-human speed and agility.
The group then hiked into the ELITEAM woods for the final event – the obstacle course. Teams of two climbed, ran, hopped, jumped and crawled their way around the treacherous course made tougher from the rain the day before. Chauncey Morgan had a picture perfect run on the second half of the course, using his height advantage to rip through the hula hoops and his quickness to devour the tires.
While the results were being tallied, Emily Coffin showed the parents and the rest of the crowd how to conquer the World Cup Traverse. Belayed by Coach Shelby, she made the tough high element look easy as she balanced her way to “ring the bell” at forty-five feet in the air.
The day ended with the Funky Chicken dance, awards, a group photo and a special treat of camper-made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. Thank you to all the athletes and parents for coming. It was a fantastic week of fun, pushing limits, and learning. Hope to see you all back next year!
World Cup Session 1 starts tomorrow!