Juvas Glacier, Norway, Aug. 27, 2001--The women's speed and technical teams have found good snow conditionsand outstanding training in Norway and Chile, Head Coach Marjan Cernigoj reported Saturday.
The speed group is training at Portillo, Chile, which was hit by a snowstorm Saturday, while Sarah Schleper(Vail, CO) and teenagers Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Lindsey C. Kildow (Vail, CO) are training withCernigoj on the Juvas Glacier in central Norway.
"It's been pretty good," Cernigoj said. "We've skied for seven days and gotten in the whole program we wanted -running gates every day, just slalom and giant slalom. We haven't missed a day and we've been able to do somuch work on fundamentals...
"We're continuing the fundamental work from our first two camps at Mammoth and Mount Hood. Our next campwill be more intensive. Our timing will be more serious."
He laughed as he noted the threesome had a semi-leisurely schedule since the ski area operator didn't want toopen early each day. "Yeah, we run about 9 o'clock to noon or 12:30 every day. It was easy the first few days,with a quick turn-around lift back to the top of the run, and we got in an awful lot of runs but now there areclubs and academies and other organized groups, so sometimes it's 20 or 30 minutes between runs.
But when you ski every day in a camp, it's a real bonus."
In addition to the camps in Norway and Chile, Cernigoj said Jonna Mendes (Heavenly, CA) - who broke a bone inher foot at the Chevy Truck U.S. Alpine Championships last March - returned to snow for the first time with theC Team at Saas Fee, Switzerland. "She's been skiing well, right away...free-skiing, nothing in the gates yet..."