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U.S. skiers working out in Breckenridge

Bryce Evans
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – This being an Olympic year, the country’s top winter athletes are already engrossed in full-on training and competing, all looking to earn a trip to Vancouver in February. For some, their early season schedules take them around the world.

The U.S. Freestyle Ski Team heads to Breckenridge. The top mogul skiers in the country will be training at the Breckenridge Recreation Center for the next two weeks.

The team has made the full-team training camp in Breckenridge an annual affair of late.

“We are excited to return to Breckenridge during this Olympic year and to make the Breckenridge Recreation Center our training location away from the slopes,” said the team’s head coach Scott Rawles, who resides at the resort town.

For the team’s only Summit County athlete, 17-year-old Mikaela Matthews, this camp gives her a chance to work out with her teammates in some pretty friendly surroundings.

“I know my way around, I know the people, and it just makes me more comfortable,” she said. “They’re in my court now!”

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The team will hold all its dry-land training exercises at the rec center, and ski at nearby mountains.

Anyone who’s curious about what a national team mogul skier does for a workout can simply stop by and watch. And if that’s not enough, the team is giving rec center visitors a chance to work out alongside the skiers.

On Thursday, the team will participate in the center’s 5:30 p.m. body pump and cycling classes, as well as the 6:15 p.m. yoga session that same evening.

In between and after the classes, the team’s athletes and coaches will be available to answer questions about their sport and workout regimens, and sign autographs.

“Working out at the recreation center with the guests will be one of the highlights of our stay,” Rawles said. “It is a fantastic facility with a variety of amenities and classes for everyone.”

Anyone with a rec pass can attend the classes, and visitors to the center can attend with a $10 day pass. Admittance to all three classes is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the rec center advises those wishing to participate to get to the center early.

bevans@summitdaily.com

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