U.S. mogul skiers bump into locals at Breck rec center
BRECKENRIDGE – As a rookie on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, Shane Cordeau has put in hours on the slopes and in the gym in order to reach a high level in his sport. So the Sun Valley native knows a thing or two about hard workouts.
But none of the NorAm mogul comps or hours of squats prepared him for Thursday, when he and some of his teammates sweated through a Body Pump class at the Breckenridge Recreation Center alongside some Summit locals.
“That was brutal,” Cordeau said with a laugh. “I think those instructors were in a lot better shape than me.”
Kasia Smith, who taught the lifting-oriented aerobics class Thursday, wasn’t so sure about that.
“They did really well,” Smith said. “I mean, they do Olympic-style lifting, so they’re strong. This is more of an endurance workout, but they did well.”
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Body Pump was one of three rec center classes that the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team took part in Thursday, allowing some locals to get a chance to work out alongside some of the country’s best bump skiers. After the sessions, team members posed for pictures and talked with the other participants in the class.
The team is currently holding its fall training camp in Breck, working out in the rec center and skiing wherever the snow is good.
While Cordeau and a couple teammates worked out in the Body Pump class, other team members did either the center’s cycling class or a yoga session.
The team’s head moguls coach, Scott Rawles, who lives in Breck, was one of the few that hopped on the stationary bike for an hour.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to meet the public,” Rawles said. “Especially with it being an Olympic year, there’s a little bit more interest. It’s good for my athletes to get out and get in that situation.”
Those in attendance certainly seemed to enjoy Rawles and his team being there.
“It was fun, definitely high energy. I think everyone had a little buzz because of it,” said Jen Farrington, who helped instruct the Body Pump class with Smith. “I loved it.”
Other team members who took part in the classes were World Cup champ Hannah Kearney, Michael Morse, Jimmy and Joe Discoe, Landon Gardner and Ani Haas.
The team will be back doing its regular workouts tomorrow, but Thursday’s classes left their mark.
“Phew, It was bad, but I made it through it,” Cordeau said. “It was different. … We just didn’t stop, and that was a lot different.”
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