Special to the Sun
How would you like to learn to dance on the pedals like Lance; hear the secrets of flight from Air Jordan or haul ass down the Hahnenkamm like Daron Rahlves?
Three students from the Sugar Bowl Academy will learn the latter as disciples of Daron, the most successful U.S. men’s speed skier ever, as they take part in a four-article series in Ski Racing Magazine.
“It’s sort of like reality TV meets the printed page,” Rahlves, a Truckee resident, said in a recent interview. “I’m going to be working with Dylan Murtha, Jackie Label and Paris Tolmachoff over the course of the winter to see what influences an elite athlete can have on young ski racers.”
Twelve-year-old Dylan Murtha admitted to being a little nervous about the prospect of working with the world champion downhiller. Right now Murtha, who already has a state Super G title to his credit, is playing football and working on the dry-land training routine prescribed by Rahlves.
All the hard work, though, is leading him to one thing ” “discipline,” he said.
“I’ll get much stronger and I’ll be a much better skier,” Murtha said.
Murtha’s father, Greg, director of marketing at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, said the magazine series focusing on young skiers is textbook Rahlves.
“He’s totally genuine and likes to give back” Greg Murtha said. “He’s such a great ambassador for the sport.”
The articles and photography will center on Rahlves working with the three athletes at various stages in their junior ski racing careers. The stories will coincide with the athletes’ training cycle and Ski Racing’s corresponding editorial calendar. Rahlves will discuss the variances in each of the respective athlete’s strengths and weaknesses with regard to their physical conditioning, skiing skills and mental fortitude.
The first story will introduce the concept of the series and bios on each of the athletes. Rahlves will lay out the dry land training and nutritional program they’ve been working on and their plan until the snow flies. Rahlves will also discuss his strategies for preparing the athletes for the competition season.
The second story will discuss Rahlves’ tips for getting into ski shape and specific drills and exercises he has been working on with each of his respective athletes. The article will also discuss building mental preparedness, equipment, racer management, planning for the season and on-snow training routines to address the specific needs of each of the skiers.
The third story will discuss key strategies, skills and training routines the group has been focusing on during the competition season. The story will then delve into how the athletes are doing mentally, physically and competitively with key tips from Rahlves on staying dialed in all three areas and keeping it all fun. The article will also go into a quick analysis by Rahlves of each of the athlete’s strengths and weaknesses to date and the key areas each athlete needs to stay focused on for success.
Rahlves will also lend tips on how to peak for big races.
The fourth and final article of the series will have Rahlves evaluate the performance of each of the kids in the series and their respective results.
” The Sierra Sun’s Jamie Bate contributed to this article.
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