CrossFit for Ski Racing

By Mike Morin and Matt Prendergast

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Sports Applications

March 30, 2012

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Vermont’s Stratton Mountain School has made 33 Olympic placements, seen more than 53 of its athletes participate in multiple Olympics and put 120 of them on the U.S. Ski Team.

Now the winter-sports academy is incorporating CrossFit into its ski-racing training.

“Ski racing is a sport where overall athleticism is really, really important, and the CrossFit fills a lot of the gaps in there,” says Mike Morin, alpine program director and head men’s coach. “So if you’re only doing basic lifting or only doing Olympic lifting or only doing plyometrics, you become a little bit too one-dimensional.”

Because CrossFit combines those movements, it helps strengthen weak areas, he adds.

Matt Prendergast, Stratton alpine postgraduate coach and the strength-and-conditioning coach, says ski racing is definitely a power sport.

“CrossFit … fits extremely well for it,” says Prendergast, who co-owns CrossFit Wachusett in Fitchburg, Mass. “We do a ton of Olympic lifting.”

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Additional reading: Perception by Eva Twardokens, published March 1, 2007.

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3 Comments on “CrossFit for Ski Racing”

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Good for CF Wachusett. Spent a lot of time riding at Wachusett and Stratton. I'll stop in to CF Wachusett when we're home this summer.

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I raced in Colorado for my high school and loved it. I think that had CrossFit been part of our dryland training our team would have been so much more stronger! Way to go to these coaches that realize the benefits of CrossFit for their athletes!! Keep it up!!

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Yeah MORGAN!!!

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