|Haywood Report: The Big Jump|
- By: David Greer
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At the end of the last ski season, I faced a tough choice of deciding on what I wanted to do with the next few years of my life. I knew that I wanted to ski, but where? I could not stay another season at my home in the Yukon because I wanted/needed to be with a team my age and speed to train with. I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to go, so I had applied to a couple places to keep my options open a little longer. I had applied to the University of Fairbanks, Alaska ,the University of Anchorage, Alaska and all three of the training centers in Canada. I almost sealed the deal with Anchorage, which is where my older sister has been training for the past three years, but then I got a call from Cross Country Canada that changed everything—I had been nominated onto the Canadian National Ski Team! It took a while for the news to sink in and in the end I ended up in the other side of Canada in a town called St. Ferreol Les Neiges, Quebec, training with the National Team Development Centre-Quebec/Pierre Harvey Training Center. Things have changed a lot for me since last year. For instance, my ski bag has been updated from the usual two pairs of race skis and poles to five pairs of race skis and four pairs of poles. Since the end of this June, I have been living in the Auberge du Fondeur (a ski lodge situated in the Mont Sainte Anne ski trail network) with veteran skiers Brent McMurtry and Graham Nishikawa.
Training with the NTDC-Quebec has been very beneficial for me this year. Training in the Yukon is great…good early snow, good late snow, great teammates, great coaching, great facilities… However, this year, as was the case last year, I would not have had any training partners. Skiing 3 hours a day by yourself is not overly exciting. It has been great in Quebec to have people my own age and speed to train and race with all year. Being with the NTDC-Quebec team has also already given me the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world to train and race. We (the team) recently went to an on-snow training camp in Les Diablerets, Switzerland, which was very exiting and fun (I had never been to Europe before). Another change for me being in Quebec is that I will be able to race a full season. Because of the location of Whitehorse, it is very costly to attend outside races; Last season I only raced three major races, two of them outside of the Yukon. This year I will race my first major race in early December and race major races nearly every weekend until the end of March. This year has been and will be full of new experiences and opportunities and I am looking forward to every one of them!
NTDC-QC after a local running race
NTDC-QC training in Switzerland - Summer 2007
David Greer is a first year junior on Team 2014 and trains at the NTDC-QC.
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