ELITEAM Conditioning Camps, designed for young athletes ages 11-14, wrapped up last weekend at the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City.

The Vermont-based program, created by two-time Olympian and FIS Alpine World Ski Championships medalist Doug Lewis, partnered with the USSA for its first trip west to expose 32 young athletes to the world-class training facility of Olympic champions.

The program is in its 22nd year of operation and focuses on the concepts of Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition. ELITEAM’s goal is to develop healthy, confident, “complete” athletes.

“A big part of ELITEAM is teaching these young athletes about becoming a complete athlete,” said Lewis. “At their age, they have to do as many different sports and activities as possible. On the one hand, we have them lifting rocks, running gates down sandpits, and mountain biking. But on the other, we had the unique opportunity to expose them to the most up-to-date ski specific training in the world in the Center of Excellence. That comprehensive training, along with a focus on sports psychology and nutrition gives them the tools they need to pursue their goals.”

Athletes from PCST, Summit, OVST, Rowmark, Jackson, Sun Valley, Pico and Catamount ski clubs trained alongside their heroes for five days while utilizing all that the Center of Excellence and Park City have to offer for elite athlete training.

“The Park City program was 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,” said USSA VP of athletics Luke Bodensteiner.

In addition to training at the Center of Excellence, the athletes cross trained with ropes courses, mountain biking, yoga, sandpit slalom, agility courses and “rock” workouts.

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Geoff Mintz
Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism.



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