Ganong talks Junior Worlds
Special to the Sun
Editor’s note: Travis Ganong is a North Tahoe local and member of the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Team. He currently is in Europe for the World Junior Championship and will be sending periodic updates on his season.
The last few days I have spent training in Andalo, Italy, for the upcoming World Junior Championships (WJC) in Austria. The U.S. Ski Team has its European training center here in Italy at the Paganella ski center.
Even though there was little to no snow here, the training conditions were excellent, with our hill injected with water and perfectly icy (not as fun as all the new snow back home, but exactly what we want for racing). After taking a day off recovering from jet lag and waiting for lost bags to arrive, we started skiing.
Still feeling the burn in my legs from three non-stop powder days at Squaw (which were absolutely epic), I felt a bit sluggish the first day, but after some recovery spins on the bike, I was ready for the second day.
The second and third days were great, and I was starting to feel ready for the upcoming races. The training atmosphere was amazing, with Italian news crews filming our sessions and photographers on the side getting their shots, with about 50 to 100 spectators lining the side of the hill cheering us on. It was something that racers from the States rarely experience; ski racing in Europe is like football in America.
So after a good four-day training block I feel prepared to ski well at the upcoming WJC’s. We start with downhill training runs on March 4 for three days and then start racing on March 7.
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