Marco Sullivan tucks during downhill training last month in La Parva, Chile (Steven Nyman)
Ski Racing Magazine recently connected with the men's speed group on its August training camp in La Parva, Chile. The team will return to Chile later this month for its annual downhill camp in Portillo.
The U.S. men’s speed group has just wrapped up a fast moving two week on snow camp in LaParva, Chile covering a lot of bases and getting up to speed in more ways than one. By all accounts the team, which numbered eight, is in better condition than last season which was good since they were taking a 1:20 runs at more than 10,000 feet. A minute 20 at that altitude and you’re huffing pretty good,” deadpanned team veteran Marco Sullivan. A new conditioning coach, former Austrian team trainer Tony Beretzki, instituted a tougher training regime that kept the huffing to a minimum and frankly allowed the campers to get in the work they did.