There are 100 days until the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which means that the best athletes in the world don’t have much time left to train. There’s just one issue: We’re still about seven weeks away from the official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
So, how do these athletes prepare for the Games when there’s no ice or snow? They get creative…
Speed Skating: Rollerblading nowhere
When the ice isn’t nice, speed skaters often train using inline skates. World champion Brittany Bowe is one of the skaters bringing rollerblades back in style. Bowe, a Florida native, actually got her start as an inline skater before making the switch to ice. That must be why she looks like such a natural on the treadmill.
Brittany Bowe getting work in on the treadmill.
Posted by US Speedskating on Monday, November 21, 2016
Cross-Country Skiing: Racing in the streets
Wheels come in handy for cross-country skiers too. Here’s Olympian Jessie Diggins taking to the open road on her roller skis.
Always make sure to wipe your nose mid-interview. It's a good look. 😏In other news, doing speed training then team sprint intervals today at Soldier Hollow! Video: Julia Kern getting crazy with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard GoPro!
Posted by Jessie Diggins on Saturday, October 7, 2017
Alpine Skiing: Simulating the slopes
Ski racing is a thrill to watch, but training for it often includes a lot of tedious workouts. Somehow, 2010 Olympic champ Lindsey Vonn found a way to spice things up and we’re very into it. She’s got a future as a circus performer whenever she decides to wrap up her illustrious alpine career.
If your juggling skills aren’t on par with Vonn’s, you have other options. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association recently installed a ski simulator at its Center of Excellence in Park City, and slalom gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin was just one of the skiers who took a crack at it.
Bobsled: Pushing the limits
One of the hardest parts of bobsled (besides conquering your fear of hurtling down the ice at 90 mph) is the start. That’s why there are facilities dedicated to helping sliders perfect their push. The NHL’s New York Rangers traveled up to Lake Placid to test out the push track there.
Ever wonder what NHL players pushing a bobsled would look like? The New York Rangers have you covered (and they invented a new cadence! #bootybump):
Posted by USA Bobsled & Skeleton on Monday, October 2, 2017
One piece of advice for the Blue Shirts: Try not to run away from the sled. Here’s Olympic medalist Jamie Greubel Poser and Cherrelle Garrett showing them how it’s done.
— Jamie Greubel Poser (@JamieGreubel) July 8, 2017
Ski Jumping: Soaring without snow
Sarah Hendrickson became the first female ski jumper ever to compete at the Winter Olympics back in 2014. And here she is taking off from a grassy ramp, making a strong case for ski jumping as a Summer Olympic sport.
Aerials: Making a splash
Aerials skiing is already one of the most exhilarating events at the Winter Games. How do you make it even better? Just add water. Two-time Olympian Ashley Caldwell demonstrates how she takes a dip.
Snowboarding & Freestyle Skiing: Cushioning the blow
For skiers and snowboarders who want to avoid getting soaked, there’s another option. This giant airbag lets them test out their gravity-defying maneuvers safely. Olympic snowboard slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson was among those testing out the new airbag at Utah Olympic Park.