Our final day of the Park City World Cup camp started later than usual. As a reward for working hard all week and going to bed on time on Wednesday night, the campers (and coaches) got to sleep in and skip morning run. Breakfast was devoured as we had another big day ahead of us – the infamous Sandpit Slalom and the ELITEAM Olympics.
We loaded the buses at 8:45 and the energy was high. The campers were wondering what lay ahead as we made our way to the Stake Parson Sandpit. When the pits finally appeared, there was a ton of nervous and excited chatter. What they saw was a 300 foot waterfall of sand with a dual course set down one side. After an inspection run, we started the training runs. The campers slowly figured out the secret to a clean and fast run… a high line and quick footwork, which is always critical in this sport. However, just like in ski racing, there were weather problems. The wind was blowing about 25 mph on the pits, so sand was flying everywhere making it tough to see. When the race runs finally started the campers went all out. After the race, we set one long course and each camper hammered it all the way down to the bottom. They left with great memories and lots of sand in there shoes.
Next it was time for lunch and to unveil the 2014 T-shirts. Each year there is a new shirt and this year’s did not disappoint. It was met with cheers! Donning the new shirts it was time to put it all on the line at the ELITEAM Olympics. What made it even more special was that Olympians Marco Sullivan and Leanne Smith were there to cheer and watch. It was a great competition with the “Dream Team” taking the win.
After the Olympics we were treated to time with Marco and Leanne up in the Team Academy room with a Q & A session. Marco and Leanne shared their secrets and their passion for the sport. They also talked about how they mentally have to Dig Deep when the going gets tough.
Thanks to all of the athletes for a great week. You are now ELITEAMers!!!