STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - Just outside Steamboat Springs, Nordic Combined athletes, along with a handful of U.S. Ski jumpers like Lindsay Van, have been spending the past few months training.
"It makes ski jumping a little harder, but it's great for training for the winter," Van said.
She is heading to the jumps of Howelsen Hill but looking towards Russia and Olympic competition at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. There in the southern sub-tropical paradise of Russia, athletes like Nordic Combines Todd Lodwick say the world will see a city transformed by winter sports.
"They have built everything from roads to gas stations to high speed trains," Lodwick said.
By the sea, a new Olympic park is being built with six new venues for indoor ice events. About 30 miles away in the Caucus Mountains, Steve Holcomb hopes to defend his gold medal while earning another.
"I want to defend the gold for sure, but the one title that's eluded me is the two man Olympic title," Holcomb said.
Already many of these venues have hosted test events. It's good experience, but its Olympic competition these athletes want to return for.
Just 100 days from now, cross-country skier Kikkan Randal could be the first American woman to win a Nordic Olympic medal.
"Every year I just seem to find a new level and can really go into the Olympics the first time as a legitimate medal contender," Randal said.
Lodwick is looking to return to his 6th Olympic games.
"It goes beyond that. It's being a medal contender," Lodwick said.
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