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Minnesota Native Ian Torchia is heading toward the World Cup! In order to assist him we in partnership with his sponsors and the Rochester Active Sports Club are holding an ONLINE Fundraising Auction. This will run Nov 28th thru Dec.6th
You can see the items ahead of time at – Ian Torchia’s ONLINE Fundraising Auction!
A few words from Ian-
Winter is right around the corner and I am as excited as you are to see the snow fly and get out gliding on those trails! As I think back to last season, my thoughts jump to the amazing fundraiser put on at Quarry Hill in Rochester last fall and with your support I was able to jump start the racing campaign on a stable financial footing. More than the money raised, it gave me a full heart of fire seeing all my supporters coming together to help me chase my dreams of international skiing success. I gave it my all last winter and after winning a SuperTour race and accumulating my first podiums at US Nationals, I qualified for Period 3 of the World Cup, the highest level of cross-country ski racing in the world. It was a humbling learning experience and while I did not perform to my true potential across the pond, I left more inspired and fired up than ever to get back and compete at the top level. After returning to the States, I had the race of my life at the American Birkebeiner finishing top American and placing 2nd overall in a narrow sprint finish, 1.3 seconds from the win.
For the Rest of the Story~ Words From Ian
Recently we began to ask some of the Team Out There athletes who have moved on to their next stage in life to reflect on the Team. They are and always will be a part of the Team Out There Family, but now they have new roles and we look to them for guidance on how to do what we do BETTER.
We really LOVE to hear their thoughts on what has made the Team so very special over the past 9 years. Yes 9 years ago (almost 10 now) the journey for Team Out There began. We now have a total of 20 current full time racing athletes and 13 athletes who have either fully or partial began to move to their next stage in life. One of the recurring themes from the Family of Athletes is just that the FAMILY. Within the 33 athlete family there are 16 Nations represented. It is totally unfathomable to us to see where this has gone and then we wonder “Where will it Grow”.
During these crazy times of the world we feel that something as small as this group of people can have an AMAZING impact. Bringing together people to share something in common bridges differences that everyone has from their own cultures.
Be apart of something BIGGER than you!
Thank You to ALL of the members of the #BestFamilyOutThere – Team Out There
Well it has been a BIG Year for the athletes of Team Out There
- Tara Geraghty- Moats: Tara Geraghty-Moats has been having a whirlwind of a Summer. Back in June she travelled to the Midwest to train with some of her Jr days coaches Vlad & Petra who run the Biathlon program in Coleraine MN. Then she came to join our Coach Kris for a Junior Camp here in Rice Lake. From there she was back home to VT for a few days and the App Gap Challenge prior to heading to Norway to train with the Women’s Nordic Combined National Team. From there she was off to the Summer Grand Prix where she crushed the first three events. Along with a BIG signing with Madshus things are really taking flight!
- Deedra Irwin: It was a big year of change for Deedra. She joined the National Guard (VT) This summer this new adventure has taken her away from her training time with the US Biathlon Team but is working to setting her up as well as possible for the Road to Beijing. We have been updated on Basic Training and now Job Training. Once Deedra is back on the training train we will get a full update for all of you.
- Rosie Frankowski: One of the NEWEST additions to the Team Out There Family is 2018 Olympian & APU Nordic skier from Minnesota – Rosie! We are super excited to see her energy and the ideas & thoughts she has. Stay tuned for more updates on Rosie!
- Olga Letucheva: Joining the Team this summer the 2017 FIS Rollerski World Champion has been busy. From wrapping up her Masters in Sport to FIS Rollerski races in China, Latvia & Russia (Italy in Sept) she has literally been on a ROLL.
- Ben Lustgarten: This VT native is currently racing for the Craftbury GreenRacing Project. From World Cups and other high level events keep your eye on this guy.
This past weekend was the first event of the Women’s Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix and our own Team Out There athlete Tara Geraghty-Moats was coming into the weekend a heavy favorite after a fantastic 2018/19 Nordic Combined Season. With the PCR Jumps for qualifying happening on Friday Tara lead out the group in first with some great flight. Sunday was the day of competition and due to wind the Jumping was cancelled and the PRC Jumps were used to seed the 5km Freestyle ski portion of the event. Tara took out right from the start and controlled the pace for the entire 5km. Now the Ladies are off to Klingenthal Germany for another day of competition.
Madshus News- For any of you noticing Tara is a recent addition to the Madshus Family. Keep an eye out for future updates!
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Team Out There Athlete Deedra Irwin on her Journey in Biathlon
With a the Birkie Bridge getting covered with snow for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis today a post title like this could go many directions. When we awoke this morning there was a message in my WhatsApp from one of our Team Out There Athletes.
“I’m Sorry, the skis were fast but not fast enough”
For many folks they will think well next time. For some athletes around the world this is not “Any Given Sunday”. This happens to be the Last day they had a chance to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Four and a half years ago we had our third athlete join the Team Out There family– Leandro Lutz. A Nordic skier & Biathlete from Brazil. Brazil you say- yes this country of the occasional snow flake has a number of athletes training & competing in Winter activities like Nordic skiing & Biathlon. Just prior to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games Leandro said to me- “With the help of Team Out There my goal is to make the 2018 Winter Games!” Over the past four years Leandro has trained, raced, traveled given up his everyday job to pursue this dream. We want to THANK Andreas & the folks of ONEWAY Sport, the great folks of REX Finland and many, many others who have given great support to Leandro in this journey at events around the world.
We want Leandro to know that there is no need to say “I’m Sorry”. You have not let us down in anyway, you have inspired us to grow the Team Out There to many, many others around the world. To try & come up with better ways to support Dreaming Athletes in the sports we love. What you have done here, in Brazil & throughout the world is to create friendships that may someday produce amazing Nordic Athletes from a Country of no snow. We cannot THANK YOU enough for being apart of your journey, we cannot Thank our Customers enough for the fact that many of them have come to support us due to the efforts of you and the athletes of Team Out There. The book of Leandro Lutz’s future in Nordic is YET to be written.
#BestFamilyOutThere #TeamOutThere #AllPartOfTheJourney
BIG NEWS for Team Out There Athlete Deedra Irwin!!!
Keep up with Deedra on FB https://www.facebook.com/deedrablu
(January 15, 2018) — The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee is pleased to announce the teams for the upcoming IBU Open European Championships and IBU Cup 6. Please note that one more man will be named for both events later this week.
Once again for the 17/18 WINTER Season we are utilizing Minnesota’s own PODIUMWEAR Custom sports apparel. Last Season after 5 years we updated our Race Kits. This season we are having an update to our Warm Ups as well. To see all the available items for the upcoming season visit the TEAM STOREFRONT.
The Storefront CLOSES on Oct 14th so get your orders in. Delivery should be Mid-Nov.
There are some days you wake up and…. UFF Da! It is hard to get out of bed. Then you get up you have some coffee, a little Brunost on Toast and then you start to realize that it is going to be an AMAZING day Out There.
As we embark on our 8th Winter Season we realize that thus far it has been one great adventure. If you said to us 10yrs ago- ” You one day are going to own a Nordic Shop” we would have said”You better get back to Colorado before you get arrested!” Then once we got this thing rolling if you would have said that 5yrs from now “You are going to work with a collection of some of the Greatest People in the Sport” we would have replied “Maybe you need someone to drive you home”
Are we the Biggest Nordic Shop- No
Do we do things the way the rest of the flock does – No
Are we trying to change the landscape of Nordic & your retail experience –
You Just have to get Out There & SEE
Supporting us through purchases, participating in our events and other things goes to help support the
Athletes Of TEAM OUT THERE & Their Dreams!