American Olympic hopefuls Sam Naney

American Olympic hopefuls Sam Naney

Snow attracts Olympic hopefuls

U.S. Olympic hopefuls Sam Naney, Brian Gregg and Caitlyn Compton Gregg are currently at Sovereign Lake

Snow conditions at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre have caught the eye of world-class skiers.

U.S. Olympic hopefuls Sam Naney, Brian Gregg and Caitlyn Compton Gregg are currently in the Vernon area for early-season training.

“Sovereign is a pretty important place,” said Compton Gregg.

“It helped launch me on to the 2010 Olympic team.”

Compton Gregg is hoping to repeat the lead up to 2010 by retracing her footsteps.

“We’re staying in the same place while we’re here, and using similar training preparation. It’s worked in the past. If it’s not broken, why mess with it,” she said.

For Naney, the first few weeks of the season are critical.

“This time of the year, it’s about getting the feel of snow and the finesse of classic skiing at moderate altitude,” she said.

“I love the trail system here, having good race terrain to train on.”

Brian Gregg, who will return to Sovereign Lake for the Haywood NorAm and Buff Sprint races Dec. 7 and 8, has some advice for first-time nordic skiers.

“Take it easy and have fun. The best way to learn technique is to ski behind someone that is slower than you,” he sad.

“Let them go in front. It’s a bit easier and you use a little less energy than they are,” he said.