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ELITEAM returns to Center of Excellence


Some of last year’s ELITEAMers hit the gym with Doug Lewis.

PARK CITY, Utah – Young aspiring Olympians will have the opportunity to train at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence this June when ELITEAM Conditioning Camps returns to Park City. Created by two-time Olympian and World Championship medalist Doug Lewis and former World Cup racer Kelley Lewis, this year’s camp includes a new ‘Europa Cup’ program for athletes ages 8-11 and workout sessions with the U.S. Ski Team’s Marco Sullivan and ELITEAM alumna Liz Stephen.

“As a U.S. Ski Team alum, Doug Lewis has done an amazing job with ELITEAM in providing motivation for hundreds of aspiring Olympians. The USSA is happy to have ELITEAM back in Park City for a second year,” said USSA Executive Vice President of Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. “It is a great opportunity for young athletes to experience our national team environment at the Center of Excellence with a program that incorporates the expertise of our national team high performance staff.”

Lewis has managed a broad range of summer conditioning camps for young athletes for 23 years, and ELITEAM is designed specifically for aspiring future stars with focus on sports physiology, sports psychology and sports nutrition.

“This is my passion — helping young athletes achieve breakthroughs both physically and mentally at camp. At ELITEAM, my aim is to pass along real-world tools and teach skills that will help them be more complete athletes and ultimately go faster on the hill,” said Lewis. “By creating challenging situations and giving them the tools and support needed to push through them, that is when we see the greatest gains and biggest smiles. This age group (8-14), is the perfect time to plant the seeds about hard work, eating to perform and pursuing goals. Everyone practices carving the ski, but at their age they also need to work on the physical, nutritional and mental skills so they can make that carved turn and do it when it counts on race day.”

For the second year in a row, the Park City program will utilize the Center of Excellence and adjoining athletic fields, with lodging based at the nearby National Ability Center. The World Cup (11-14 year old athletes) and Europa Cup (8-11 year old athletes) programs running June 22-26 target athletes who love outdoor activities and have goals of pursuing a specific sport. Although it is tailored to some extent to skiers, serious young athletes in any sport have much to gain by attending the program.  

Release courtesy of USSA

SR Staff

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