By Maddy Wendt: Attendance may have been small at last weekendâ€™s camp, but the coaching was of gold-medal caliber. Seven master skiers, all women, braved the heat Friday through Sunday, learning from and training with Olympian Nina Gavrilyuk at Lakewoods Resort in Cable, Wisconsin. Skiing for the Soviet Union (until 1991) and Russia, Gavrilyuk won four Olympic gold medals and one bronze over the course of a long and highly decorated competitive career. She also earned 11 World Championship medals and 37 World Cup podiums.
The group began each morning with a session of stretching, strength, and yoga before breakfast. The remainder of the day was occupied by two training sessions, mostly on rollerskis. The focus of each workout was on technique and drills as the women took advantage of the excellent coach-to-athlete ratio to improve their skiing.
â€œThese women practice a lot by themselves, theyâ€™re in good shape,â€ said Gavrilyuk in an interview with FasterSkier. â€œThe main point was to give them basic drills, the kind of simple stuff they can focus on with their technique.â€ In addition to the opportunity to work with a woman with as much elite skiing experience as anyone in the world, the camp afforded a chance to train with a group of motivated, hard-working women. Itâ€™s important to provide all-female camps and workouts, Gavrilyuk believes, because some women feel more comfortable in talking to each other and learning from each other. â€œIt gives them more of a chance to see other women that also train and to grow their own technique. It really gives them a push,â€ said the coach.
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Camp Dates: August 13-15, 2010 CXC is pleased to introduce a summer ski clinic just for women. This clinic will be designed for women of all ages and abilities, and will focus on making gains in the summer months for cross country skiing. Women-specific camps have been more and more popular in recent years, and CXC has recognized the strong membership of female participants within its base. Weâ€™re happy to offer this camp that will create an environment where quality coaching can happen! 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Nina Gavrilyuk will lead the coaching staff for this event, and promises to be an inspiration to all who participate.
At the end of a great day of technique training, participants can enjoy the pool, spa and sauna located in the lodge. Lakewoods Resort also offers outdoor and indoor pools, a hot tub, sand beach, tennis and volleyball courts. Participants will also enjoy outstanding food through the meal plan at the Lakeside Restaurant.
21540 Country Road M
Cable, WI 54821
Basic Outline of Skill Levels:
Program 1: Beginner â€¨Interested in getting on skis for the first time, or just starting to get the hang of it? This camp program emphasizes sound fundamentals, from proper body position to essentials of movement in all techniques.â€¨â€¨
Program 2: Intermediate â€¨If you've already got the skills, here's how to take them to the next level. For master skiers who want to improve their Birkie results, this challenging camp program features advanced drills, physical training and frequent video analysis.
â€¨â€¨Program 3: Advancedâ€¨ This option is for master skiers who have made a commitment to ski in the Elite and first wave at the Birkie. Challenging and intense, this camp will provide you with a unique opportunity of elite coaching and sports science support.â€¨
â€¨About the Head Coach
Nina Gavrilyuk is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, where she graduated from the P.F. Lesgaft State Institute of Physical Culture as a qualified ski coach. As a member of the Russian National Team, her accomplishments include 3 Olympic gold medals, one Olympic bronze medal, 5 individual World Cup victories, and 10 World Championships. Her 15 years on the World Cup Circuit bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this camp.â€¨
This camp will include agility, balance and dryland training, ski imitation, and rollerskiing. The camp will be aimed at fundamentals on skis while also walking away with new skills, and a new excitement for the remainder of the dry-land season.
There will also be a couple of female athletes from CXC Team Vertical Limit Elite Program on hand to lend their expertise to participants.
Caitlin Compton - 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Member;
Jan Guenther â€“ one of the top citizen/master skier in the U.S., triathlete, mom and business woman. Besides 15 years of running retail stores, Jan is a Hawaii Ironman finisher, five-time winner of the 58K Mora Vasaloppet, National Masters Triathlon winner, Border to Border (4 day bike, run, and canoe triathlon) winner.
Camp Schedule:â€¨â€¨ Friday, August 13
10:00AM to 12:00PM - Arrival and Check In (Lakewoods Resort lobby)
12:00PM to 1:00PM - Lunch (Lakeside Restaurant, Lakewoods Resort)
2:00PM to 4:00PM - Dryland Technique Progressions (agility and balance)
5:00PM to 6:00PM â€“ Dinner
6:30PM to 7:30PM - Video of Nina winning Olympic Gold medal
Saturday, August 14
7:00AM to 7:30AM - Morning Core Strength & Stretching
7:30AM to 8:30AM â€“ Breakfast
9:00AM to 11:00AM â€“ Classic Dryland Drills and Classic Rollerski/Ski Imitation
12:00AM to 1:00PM â€“ Lunchâ€¨1:00PM to 3:00PM â€“ Skate Dryland Drills and Skate Rollerski/Ski Imitation
4:30PM to 6:30PM - Barbeque Social with Nina and Coaches
Sunday, August 15
7:00AM to 7:30AM - Morning Core Strength & Stretching
7:30AM to 8:30AM - Breakfast
9:00AM to 11:00AM - Skate Technique Progressions Review and Video Analysis
11:30PM to 12:00PM - Lunch
1:00PM to 3:00PM - Classic Technique Progressions Review and Video Analysis
3:00PM to 4:00PM - Departure and Check Outâ€¨ â€¨
Note: Participants will be divided into groups based on ability and gender as needed. Each group will work independently with assigned coaches for technique sessions.
Camp Fees (including all meals):
Program 1: Beginner - $250 w/out lodging or $300 w/double occupancy lodging or $375 w/single occupancy lodging
â€¨Program 2: Intermediate - $325 w/out lodging or $375 w/double occupancy lodging or $450 w/single occupancy lodging Program 3: Advanced
- $400 w/out lodging or $450 w/double occupancy lodging or $525 w/single occupancy lodging
Pictures from the previous camps: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cxcskiing/sets/72157624275008807/