A smooth-sailing, but hectic couple of days of travel and transition for the Far West Nordic JO Team. 27 athletes made the trip out (one is still in California due to illness, but we’re hoping to see Patrick sometime this week if he can kick the krud), 8 coaches, and there are a few parents out and about the beautiful metropolis of Minneapolis.

This JO’s is different from any other in that EVERY team is staying in one location, smack-dab downtown at the Marriott Hotel. Our team is way up on the 26th and 27th floors, so it’s often a LOOOONNNNNG elevator ride to the top during “Rush Hours,” when every athlete is heading to or from meals.

The courses at the venue are very cool, rolling, no flat, little steep poppers that will keep our kids on their toes. Coaches were at the venue wax rooms last night well past 10 pm waxing up the boards, and many of them are already over there putting on topcoats this morning. In a few minutes, the J2 Boys willl be leaving for the Sprint Qualifiers, beginning at 12:30, with the rest of the crew hitting the shuttle busses soon after.

Wish us luck! I’ll try to post some more pics later (especially for Lauryl and Kathi, who are having significant Far West withdrawals in their respective coastal locations :-)

Captain Nordic

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