Recently, our team went over to Europe for our first training camp overseas. This was one of the best training camps, that I have been a part of for many reasons. First we had 15 athletes from the clubs around the country and multiple coaches. These athletes that were part of the camp were the national A, B, C skiers as well as 6 junior athletes as young as 14 years old. To see these young skiers training with us, made me realize that our team has a future in Nordic Combined and it will be strong. Another aspect of the camp was to train with our Suisse teammates. Over the last year, USA Nordic Combined has developed a great partnership with Swiss Ski and their Nordic Combined team. Tim Hug, one of their skiers is a fantastic jumper and a promising athlete. Last year he won a World Cup in Chaikovskiy, Russia and continued to ski consistent all year long. To spend time with this crew over in Europe was Fantastic, I had a ton of fun and I hope they enjoyed themselves as well.
My second order of business is for fundraising. I am not looking for personal funds but funds to keep our sport going in the USA. We have been offered a $20,000 grant which we will only receive if our team raises $20,000. Here is what you can do to help. We have a great foundation call the National Nordic foundation. You can donate to my page or any of the athletes on the Nordic Combined page. All of these funds will go to paying for suits, trips, coaching, wax, etc. If you can not donate, please ask ten of your friends or family if they can, and have them ask 10 of their friends of family to help spread the word of our great sport and financial difficulties. Please follow the link to donate and share!
National Nordic Foundation: Taylor Fletcher