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The 'A' Team....

Hemel Camp Day 1....

30 July 2012 AT 21:48:57


The 'A' Team is back, and what a team it is.... with the 5 coaching groups (Emily Evans, Aaron Tipping, Justin Mesut, Jo Ryding & Marc Telling), 2 helpers (Imogen Taylor & Barney Lewis) and 3 Atomic support staff (Russell O'Neil, Finlay Mickel & Tommy Jarrett), today started off with a bang at Hemel!!!

We will get more pics out during the week once my media crazy brother (Phil) gets up to the slope, for today, we managed a few of the Snow & Rock session, giving the youngers guys an overview of ski prep and how it all works down there. 

It is great to see so many faces returning this year and to see their development over the last 12 months, we'll be looking to add to that this week!

Keep your eyes peeled for more pics through the week...

Luke showing how its done....

Izzy & Plong posing!


Stelvio in Pictures....

Great camp.... home, unloaded, re-loaded and ready

29 July 2012 AT 16:59:17


Die Piggy, Die!

The stairway to heaven.....

Panoramic View from the Stelvio...

The way down..... 

The battle begins.....

Barney tugging away.

Art-attack at its best.... the 'R' for rachelle so she could find where we went (later the arrow was moved once we realised we had gone the wrong way)

Puncture repair anyone?

The way up each day.... wish we had Ambition Ferrari's for it....

Maid Marrion......

Lewis Hamilton eat your heart out!

The famous hot springs....

Leaving our mark on the roads of Stelvio....

Ollie taking aim....

Another perfect frozen morning... we had 7 out of 10 days completely solid!

The crew....

Our robin hood adventure....

Leaving it all behind :-(


READY on the RED?! READY on the BLUE?! GOOOOO!!!

Day 4.....

26 July 2012 AT 22:11:58


Just a quick update on today’s activities at Ipswich Summer camp 2012!!! The athletes were put through their paces first thing with fitness testing before the heat started to kick in with Hill Sprints, 5 Jumps, Sit ups and the Agility Run. Philipa Baxter showing the others how it was done…

…After a quick break it was onto the Synchro competition groups of 3-5 working together to formulate a winning combination of style and rhythm (some particularly interesting moves being shown by the younger guys)!!!

We ended the day with an exciting Dual Slalom race seeing peers; siblings and friends battling it out to be crowned the dual slalom Champion of Ipswich 2012!!!


The Heat wave continues!!!

Day 3.....

25 July 2012 AT 23:01:25


 

Day three of the Ipswich summer camp and the sun is out in force again! With Britain experiencing the hottest day of the year the Ambition camp athletes kick started the day with warm ups and team building off the slope before it was time to for the athletes to perfect their technique in the start area.

Also thanks to the support from Atomic lots the athletes were able to put next seasons skis through their paces testing them to the extreme in the hot conditions!!

 

As the sun continued to beat down things on the slope started to heat up too, with the start of the GS race looming athletes were taking every measure to gain the advantage over their peers with wax and polish being applied by the centimeter to try and combat the sticky conditions!!

Congratulations to Nick Phelps who took overall GS victory with a combined time of 25.05!!!


Burn Baby Burn!!!

Ipswich Summer Camp

24 July 2012 AT 22:01:03


So yesterday saw the Ipswich kick start with brilliant sunshine and 24degree heat, maybe not so ideal for dryslope skiing but definitely made the athletes work hard on generating speed in and out of the course. 

 

Moving on up!!

Today was hot hot hot again 27degrees but we still battled on re waxing skis, applying sun cream and keeping hydrated! Each group also challenged themselves on the testing high wires and climbing wall proving they have nerves of steal!!! 

 

 

Also congratulations to Ambition racers Beth Widdup and Kieran Norris who competed at the GBR Indoor Series this weekend, Beth winning the Overall on both days and Kieran second U18 on Saturday and winning U18 on Sunday.

 


Disappointment for the Ambition bike team...

Its a no-go for stelvio pass by bike.

19 July 2012 AT 21:44:46


Sadly, the bike shops dont have road bikes for rent here so our planned ascent of the Stelvio Road will have to wait a while. The juniors (plus Ned) were looking forward to the grueling climb, but we will instead be heading up Oga tomorrow afternoon for a climb followed by some downhill fun.

Sports hall was great this afternoon with the whole team involved, we even had a tug-of-war battle after finding the rope in the school gym.

We have been pretty blessed with conditions so far, i feel tomorrow will be a bit soft before the cold spell returns after our Saturday day off.... here's how its looked so far!

front side......

Steep side.....

Sunny side......


Hiking then Biking....

Pushing hard on the Stelvio Camp.

17 July 2012 AT 19:26:57


The internet here is sooooo slow. One of the downfalls of not being back in Austria.

So far we have had great conditions up on Stelvio, the last 2 days have frozen solid overnight and we have hard hard conditions in full winter wear, the mornings have felt more like October than summer.

We are pushing the fitness hard this camp too, today swapping the hiking for biking as we rode up on the mountain bikes from Bormio to Bormio 2000. A pretty tough climb in the heat. It looks like we'll have a weather day at some point this week or next with some rain forecast so when that time comes we''ll have a go at the Stelvio pass too.

This was the shot after the hard work, before the guys got to head down the Bormio pistes without snow on for once!

(Predro led the way, doing the skinnies justice - might lose him to that bike race in France next year)......


Here we go again.....

Stelvio Camp gets underway!

15 July 2012 AT 16:35:38


As we arrived in the pouring rain last night it was pretty hard to see how the snow would be in good enough condition to ski today. Anyway we opted for a later start only to be told the road (and probably mountain) would be closed! Big bike race on from Bormio up to the Stelvio Glacier which has given me thought for future years for the juniors at least.

Instead we did a climb of our own, getting the lift up to Bormio 2000 then hiking up to the summit to 3000 meters. I can now see why the alpine nations have so many fit old people from their walking. It was tough, took a while but great cardio training especially for the 1 or 2 athletes with knee probs who cannot do much impact work just yet.

Paul showing us his 'pole dancing'

Pedro trying to work best way to cover up a murder........

The happy campers!!!!


Top Tips...... Part Deux.

New week with new tips.....

02 July 2012 AT 10:31:14


Thanks to Dougy Crawford for last week's Top Tips from a top athlete.

This week we are lucky to have Danielle Surrett of DS Sports Therapy give us her 'Top Tips' on injury prevention for athletes.

 

'A CHAIN IS ONLY AS STRONG AS ITS WEAKEST LINK'

 

The chain being you & the links representing flexibility or strength of muscles, stability & range of motion at joints, integrity of ligaments or speed of muscle activation, to name just a few.  I’m sure you can name a few of your weak links?

Whether that link(s) originates from a previous injury, over training, how you sleep, sit or stand, the footwear you choose…. I could go on, take the time to address that link. Accepting it as something you’re “just not good at” will at some point come back to haunt you.

A great tool used when screening athletes is the single leg squat, as it can quickly identify a weak link. Try it, work on it & remember it’s not always about quantity, it’s the quality of what you do that will keep you injury free.

The following video shows a pretty good single leg squat. The athlete was on a slightly unstable surface hence some small wobbles in the knee, but hopefully it will give you a snippet of what you’re aiming for.

**Learn to single leg squat – PROPERLY. **

 

 
 
 
Many thanks to Danielle at DS Sports Therapy for the advice, for any questions Danielle can be found at the Surrey Sports Park as part of the Elite athlete support team or online as follows:
 

Atomic-Ambition UK Camps 2012

Looking good on the UK camp front!

01 July 2012 AT 11:01:08


Looking good.....

It's all systems go again as we head back into camp mode through the summer. In just less than 2 weeks the Ambition team will be back up on the Stelvio Glacier before many of the juniors head down to Chile for the month long GS & Speed camp through August. After that we will be getting stuck into the glaciers again with the Ambition FT program that includes a host of GB's best junior skiers.

Meanwhile the Atomic-Ambition UK Camps are going from strength to strength with the Hemel Camp in July sold out little over 1 week ago (with 2 lucky prize winners included). We are close to capacity on the awesome camp that we run at Suffolk each year too. Pendle - a new camp to the tour this year is getting more bookings by the day so we really are set for a really fun summer by all accounts. 

Atomic are prepping everything for the camps, with skis at the ready for each of the week-long camps in ther 'Special Recognition Award'. The coaches are also busy planning the schedules, with Jo Ryding taking the helm for Ipsiwch, Marc Telling in charge at Hemel and Benn Hall running the show at Pendle. The team for this summer will also include Ambition coaches; Aaron Tipping & Justin Mesut, aswell as our newest team member Emily Evans and support from various athletes looking to gain valuable working hours towards their BASI and UKSS qualifications.

Ross Welch is also getting his team ready for our first "Freestyle Friday' to be held as part of the Hemel camp this year.

We cannot wait for the camps to get started and are all looking forward to helping the athletes make the jumps they are looking for through the summer months!! 

For those that weren't at last years camps, here's what its all about......