U.S. moguls athletes train in San Diego


SAN DIEGO, CA (May 22) – Life’s not exactly a beach for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls athletes who are stationed in San Diego this week for one of the most intense training camps of their season.

“We came down here to get our skiers out of their element in the mountains,” U.S. Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles said. “We’ve been doing beach workouts every day. We try to keep everyone moving. We have stuff going on from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., so it’s fairly grueling, really intense and it’s a good way to get our prep season kicked off.”

Among the athletes at the camp are World Championship bronze medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) and 2002 Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA).

“We’re basically getting whipped into shape. We’re learning some technique in the gym, we’re doing core workouts, we’re running on the track and then we’re doing workouts at the beach that involve running in and out of the water with and without surfboards,” Kearney said. “I’m not exactly what you’d call a beach person, but it’s a really good way to mix up the training and get a good tan at the same time.”

For Bahrke, a California native, training in her home state is a great way to get back into the swing of things.

“This is our first camp and we’re really trying to get back into it. We’ve been doing a lot of different things,” Bahrke said. “I’m a Cali girl, so I love being down here. It’s beautiful, the sun is shining and it’s a really good vibe down here.”

The camp involves some of the most intense training the athletes will endure throughout their season. The intensity serves as a foundation for the athletes remaining in consistently good shape as they gear up for 2010.

“Every day I fall asleep within two seconds of my head hitting my pillow. Everything we’ve been doing is really hard. There have been no easy workouts,” Bahrke said.

“In a lot of ways this is a little unorthodox compared to what we usually do, but I think that’s one of the main reasons we do it,” Rawles added. “It’s good to get the athletes into different situations that they might not have been in before because in our sport we’re always dealing with different situations so this helps them prepare for that.”

Athletes who live away from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence training facility and the supervision of the Team’s trainer will be able to take the workout plans and fundamental skills they developed in San Diego and use them from their homes across the U.S.

“Living in Vermont I don’t get to work with Alex [Moore, Team trainer] very often except for over the Internet. It’s really good getting some face time. He makes us work harder than we would alone. It’s a really good way to start the off season,” Kearney said.

The moguls athletes will remain in San Diego through the weekend before returning to their personal training schedules.SAN DIEGO, CA (May 22) – Life’s not exactly a beach for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team moguls athletes who are stationed in San Diego this week for one of the most intense training camps of their season.

“We came down here to get our skiers out of their element in the mountains,” U.S. Moguls Head Coach Scott Rawles said. “We’ve been doing beach workouts every day. We try to keep everyone moving. We have stuff going on from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., so it’s fairly grueling, really intense and it’s a good way to get our prep season kicked off.”

Among the athletes at the camp are World Championship bronze medalist Hannah Kearney (Norwich, VT) and 2002 Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA).

“We’re basically getting whipped into shape. We’re learning some technique in the gym, we’re doing core workouts, we’re running on the track and then we’re doing workouts at the beach that involve running in and out of the water with and without surfboards,” Kearney said. “I’m not exactly what you’d call a beach person, but it’s a really good way to mix up the training and get a good tan at the same time.”

For Bahrke, a California native, training in her home state is a great way to get back into the swing of things.

“This is our first camp and we’re really trying to get back into it. We’ve been doing a lot of different things,” Bahrke said. “I’m a Cali girl, so I love being down here. It’s beautiful, the sun is shining and it’s a really good vibe down here.”

The camp involves some of the most intense training the athletes will endure throughout their season. The intensity serves as a foundation for the athletes remaining in consistently good shape as they gear up for 2010.

“Every day I fall asleep within two seconds of my head hitting my pillow. Everything we’ve been doing is really hard. There have been no easy workouts,” Bahrke said.

“In a lot of ways this is a little unorthodox compared to what we usually do, but I think that’s one of the main reasons we do it,” Rawles added. “It’s good to get the athletes into different situations that they might not have been in before because in our sport we’re always dealing with different situations so this helps them prepare for that.”

Athletes who live away from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence training facility and the supervision of the Team’s trainer will be able to take the workout plans and fundamental skills they developed in San Diego and use them from their homes across the U.S.

“Living in Vermont I don’t get to work with Alex [Moore, Team trainer] very often except for over the Internet. It’s really good getting some face time. He makes us work harder than we would alone. It’s a really good way to start the off season,” Kearney said.

The moguls athletes will remain in San Diego through the weekend before returning to their personal training schedules.

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