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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Portillo Flight!

Viva Portillo! Actually I have been here a while now. The Chillian portion of our South America camp went well. We ended with a fabulous powder day! Worm and I ripped it up for a few runs, went in and packed our bags then waited around for and extra 3 hours waiting for our late bus. But it was okay we used our time wisely! Freedog played us some tunes while I tried to stay warm under some cardboard. After the 8 hours bus ride and some zzzz's we arrived in Santiago at 1:30AM. Why not go dancing??? Pretty much all of the guys went out and danced to the weeee hours of the morning.
We then hopped on the bus for a 3 hour jaunt, some more zzzz's and to Portillo. Ahhh Portillo, the elevation, the Octagon (our housing, lets just say bunks), the blazing sun, intense training, incredible views, and some excellent food.
We have had some great training thus far. Three days of SG and 3 more of DH. The mornings are early, but we get the hard snow before the sun cooks it to the consistency of runny oatmeal.
So far carnage has been to a minimal. Personally I have had a couple of good diggers, some guys
are a little held up from knee soreness and Wiebrecht got a floor hockey stick to the eye brow so he now has 5 stiches holding it together. But other than that everyone has managed to stay on their feet! The DH portion of the camp has been a non stop rush! We start up on the Rocajack pitch which is long, steep, fast and intimidating! Every time I push out of the gate I wonder why I am doing this. Once we make it off the pitch we take some serious heat onto the flats and then into the terrain section of the hill. This year we built a jump that is sending us on average 60 meters in length!!!! I think I'm a little sick in the head because every time down I just want more and more. I think Marco may have set the record length at around 70 meters!
I am planning on making a little vid clip of our trip so stay tuned onto my website nymansworld.com and it will be up soon.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Leo The Magician

We are half way thorough the prep period with the team. Currently we are in Chillan, Chile getting back on the speed sticks!! Everyone is skiing well and healthy. It is great to see several people back from their injuries. Bryon Friedman is back on snow and ripping. It is Impressive to see how he has come back and the balance he has on his boards. Jeremy (Worm) Transue is sliding around and loving it. The attitude of the team is high and everyone is excited.
Several guys are on new equipment along with myself. I am full Fischer product now, boots, skis, and bindings. It was a tough swich from Nordica, they provided me with great support and I thank them. Also I have factory support by the name of Leonhard (The Magician) Mussi! Leo was Kristian (Gedos) Gehdinas tech for 16 years! After Gedos retirement, Fischer has enough confidence in me to provide me with The Magician. Thus far it has been wonderful working along side the man. He has a wonderful sense for skis and knows what sort of materials work well in what situations. It is also exciting to be apart of the developement of the speed skis for the future!
This is a different world for me. Somthing new and exciting. Everyday I am learning more and more.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Site Thanks

The summer has been long and full of many activities. From living in Hawaii training for the upcoming ski season, to quick jaunts over to the Atlantic for photoshoots. It seems to be non-stop!!! One thing I have been working on is putting together my first web site!! Nymansworld.com And I have to say it has been some hard work. Thanks to my good friend Pete working long arduous hours till the weeee of the morning to get out to the public. It has been a lot of fun though. Ideas seem to spawn out of nowhere or you stumble upon people who are more than willing to give suggestions or provide some help. I would like to thank P Money, Jules, Mike Schnider, Blake (Doobus) Nyman, Freedogg, Michael Spencer, Scottretes, Selko, Ralf, Christian Huber, and whomever else who has planted some seeds within this thick skull of mine.

Time to sleep