Team America to add a juniors version for developing athletes
VAIL — Following three successful years of Team America supporting senior athletes in pursuing their potential to reach for the World Cup, Junior Team America is being formed to support the next generation of Vail champions.
Junior Team America is designed to support Ski & Snowboard Club Vail athletes who have achieved a nationally or internationally recognized level of current performance and are hoping to take it up a notch.
‘SUPPORT TO PURSUE THEIR GOALS’
“Junior Team America is an important initiative for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail to begin to change the paradigm in snow sports where only the most successful international athletes are funded and costs increase as athletes reach higher performance levels in their sport,” said Ski & Snowboard Club Vail Executive Director Aldo Radamus. “It is critical to insure that SSCV’s young athletes are supported with the programming and, where needed, the financial support to pursue their goals.”
With a world class mountain, community support, facilities, coaching and academic partners Vail is uniquely positioned to provide support and opportunity for winter sports athletes, Radamus said.
The inaugural Junior Team America will include athletes Lucy Bailey, Colby Lange, Kaitlyn Harsch and Cleo Braun.
SYNC PERFORMANCE TO PARTNER
“SYNC is excited to partner with Ski & Snowboard Club Vail and the TA Foundation in support of Junior Team America,” said Phil Shettig, co-president of SYNC Performance. “As a company dedicated to performance and focused on the alpine athlete, we will be providing Junior Team America with the apparel and gear they require to help them achieve their full potential. We look forward to working closely with each of the athletes, gaining valuable insight into what works and having them play an active role in new product development.”
Team America Foundation founder and chairman Dan Leever said the group is pleased to add the junior athletes to their roster of supported athletes.
“Like our Senior Team America, who compete at the NorAm, Europa Cup and World Cup levels, these exceptional developing young athletes have not only achieved outstanding age group performance but also demonstrate the commitment, passion and character to fulfill their potential,” Leever said.