Dec 7, 2015
Dec. 7, 2015
Forty-seven student athletes to further their education at Westminster College this season
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
(Dec. 8, 2015) - Between World Cups, Grand Prix and national championships, 47 current athletes and alumni from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing will be furthering their education at Westminster College this season. As the official education partner of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), Westminster has helped over 130 national team athletes combine competing and training with a college education. A total of 22 athletes have graduated from the program.
Last season, 22 Westminster athletes competed in FIS World Championships and the X Games, bringing home a total of eight medals. With a full schedule of competitions in the coming months, this year's student athletes are already seeing success in the classroom, carrying an average GPA of 3.58.
"I continue to be amazed by our world-class student athletes' commitment and dedication-not only to their sport, but to their education," said Stephen Morgan, Westminster president. "Maintaining an average 3.58 GPA while competing around the globe is extremely impressive and our USSA students should be very proud. These athletes bring an elite level of focus and experience to our college, and we are committed to providing them with a first-class education."
The USSA's Athlete Career and Education programs continue to be an important part of supporting athletic success while preparing athletes for their careers after skiing and snowboarding. Last year, the USSA renewed its partnership with Westminster for an additional four years, helping support athlete education leading into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and the 2019 FIS Freestyle, Freeskiing and Snowboarding World Championships in Park City, UT.
"Without Westminster's program, there's a good chance I may not have been able to go to school and train," said 2015 FIS Moguls World Cup Rookie of the Year Morgan Schild, who, due to a knee injury, is taking a full course load this semester. "The ability to take classes online and in person allows athletes to find what works best for them. I also really like the small class size. It gives the teachers a chance to really get to know us and work with our schedules."
2015-16 USSA National Team Athletes / Westminster Students
U.S. Alpine Ski Team
- Forty-seven former and current athletes from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing will be furthering their education at Westminster College this season.
- Westminster has helped over 130 national team athletes and alumni attend school during and after their athletic careers.
- A total of 22 athletes have graduated from the program.
- This year's athletes currently maintain a 3.58 GPA.
- Westminster had 23 students compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi - 10% of Team USA
U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team
U.S. Ski Jumping Team
U.S. Freestyle Ski Team
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