Vail Daily column: Creating great outcomes for athletes
At this time of year at Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, much is under way “For the Kids” to prepare them for the season and the future. In addition to the daily conditioning and getting ready to get on snow later this month or in November, it is the primary time of year for SSCV athletes to work with their coaches setting short and long term goals, both on snow and off. It is particularly busy for juniors and seniors, working diligently with counselors on the college search and application process, visiting college campuses, taking ACT and SAT exams and, for seniors, working on their college essays and Common Application. For those alpine and Nordic athletes planning to compete as National College Athletic Association athletes, there is the added layer of communicating with prospective NCAA coaches.
There is nothing more important to SSCV than helping our young athletes learn important life skills and prepare for successful futures. Of course, only a few become professional athletes or continue their athletic careers as members of the US Ski and Snowboard Team and NCAA athletes. The vast majority will receive the gift of a lifelong sport, love of physical activity and an introduction to healthy lifestyles. The lessons learned from the commitment to excellence are applicable to academics and careers.
Whether or not an SSCV athlete chooses to continue to compete in their snowsport after graduating from high school, they have differentiated themselves during their years at SSCV strengthening their applications to universities and colleges. Annually, SSCV athletes matriculate at some of the most highly regarded schools in the country.
The commitment of SSCV athletes to excellence as students and athletes is reflected by their outstanding achievement. In the past year alone, the following athletes who passed through SSCV, pursued their dream in snowsports at the NCAA or national team level.
While there’s room for only a few to achieve these high levels of athletic success, it is the character, courage and commitment learned by all of the kids that is the most important outcome of their time at SSCV.
Alumni matriculating in 2015 to continue their careers as NCAA athletes are:
Alpine: Bryan Bailey, Williams College; Skylar Chaney, Williams College; Will Gregorak, Westminster College; Katharine Irwin, University of New Mexico; Montana Marzario, St. Lawrence University; Erika McCormick, Sierra Nevada College; and Grace Merriman, Williams College.
Nordic: Cam Bobb, Montana State University; Hannah Hardenbergh, Harvard University; Anna Martin, University of Denver
Alumni who competed in 2014-15 as NCAA athletes are:
Alpine: Ryan Barney, Boston College; Danny Blake, Plymouth State University; Dylan Brooks, Dartmouth College; Scott Cooper, Colby-Sawyer College; Danny Fowler, Harvard University; Libby Gibson, Dartmouth College; Celine Guilmineau, University of New Hampshire; Colin Hayes, Middlebury College; Alex Leever, University of Denver and nominated to USSA National University Team; Sean McCormick, Westminster College; Conor McDonald, University of Alaska Anchorage; Christoph Niederhauser, Middlebury College; Cannon O’Brien, Sierra Nevada College; Mary Sackbauer, Middlebury College; Kaytlyn Samuelson, Montana State University; Taylor Shiffrin, University of Denver; Cameron Smith, University of Colorado Boulder; Genevieve Soden, McGill University; Anne Strong, Dartmouth College; Katie Talbot, Colorado Mountain College
Nordic: Cully Brown, University of Vermont; Ian Boucher, University of Colorado Boulder; Cal Deline, Dartmouth College; Parker McDonald, Bates College; Max Scrimgeour, University of Colorado Boulder; Christian Shanley, University of Denver.
Alumni nominated to national ski and snowboard teams for 2015-16 include:
Alpine: Women’s A Team, Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn; Men’s B Team, Michael Ankeny and Hig Roberts; Women’s B Team, Paula Moltzan; Men’s D Team, River Radamus; National University Team, Alex Leever.
Freeskiing: Halfpipe Pro Team, Men, Aaron Blunck and Alex Ferreira; Women, Annalisa Drew.
Freestyle: Moguls A Team, Women, Heidi Kloser and Morgan Schild; Moguls B Team, Men, Dylan Walczyk; Moguls C Team, Women, Tess Johnson
Nordic: Cross Country B Team, Men, Noah Hoffman.
Snowboard: Snowboardcross A Team, Women, Faye Gulini; Halfpipe Rookie Team, Men, Jake Pates, Ryan Wachendorfer; Halfpipe Rookie Team, Women, Zoe Kalapos.
SSCV local athletes competing on foreign national teams in 2015-16 include:
Canadian National Team: Ski Cross, Men, Chris Del Bosco.
Mexican National Team: Alpine, Women, Sarah Schleper.