Jan 15, 2014
PARK CITY, UT
(Jan. 28) - As a part of its initiative to increase educational opportunities for elite athletes, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Westminster College have announced an extension to a partnership that has provided college education to over 100 national team athletes since 2005. A total of 23 student athletes - nearly a fourth of those nominated by the USSA for the 2014 Olympics - have attended Westminster in Salt Lake City while training at the USSA's Center of Excellence in nearby Park City.
Bill Marolt, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
- The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and Westminster College in Salt Lake City have extended an educational partnership to provide college education to national team athletes training at its USSA Center of Excellence in Park City.
- The strategic partnership, which began in 2005, has helped over 100 national athletes combine elite level training with college education.
- A total of 23 Westminster College student athletes - nearly a fourth of the 94 athletes nominated by the USSA - will be competing in Sochi in February.
- The partnership provides tuition remission to qualifying USSA athletes.
- Located in Salt Lake City, Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning.
- In addition to the Westminster partnership at the college level, the organization also opened its own USSA Team Academy in 2012 to provide a combination of elite training and high school education.
Our partnership with Westminster College has made a difference for skiers and snowboarders athletically by providing a flexible opportunity to train at the Center of Excellence while studying nearby at Westminster. Extending this partnership sends a message to our elite athletes of the value of combining education and athletics. Westminster is a vital part of our athletic family and has had a profound impact on the student athletes going to Russia.
Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, President, Westminster College
Our USSA students excel in the classroom just as they do on the slopes, with an average G.P.A of 3.56. Faculty and staff understand the dedication it takes to compete at this level and work closely with these students to help them achieve their goals."
Taylor Fletcher, Nordic Combined
Having the opportunity to attend Westminster College allows me to take my mind off of skiing and train a different side of the brain for a while. When I come to skiing, I'm much more relaxed, much more focused, and I'm a little bit sharper with my everyday thoughts.
Jessica Jerome, Ski Jumping
My dad was always very adamant that I could make ski jumping a priority, but I didn't have to sacrifice my education completely. I love that when I do decide to quit skiing, I'm not going to have to start from nothing.
Westminster College Athletes Nominated to 2014 Team
- Maddie Bowman (halfpipe skiing) Sophomore, Undeclared
- Joss Christensen (slopestyle skiing) Freshman, Undeclared
- Alex Deibold (snowboardcross), Freshman, Undeclared
- Jessie Diggins (cross country) Sophomore, Undeclared
- Bryan Fletcher (nordic combined) Freshman, Undeclared
- Taylor Fletcher (nordic combined) Freshman, Business
- Julia Ford (alpine), Freshman, Undeclared
- Travis Ganong (alpine) Freshman, Undeclared
- Jared Goldberg (alpine) Freshman, Undeclared
- Faye Gulini (snowboardcross) Sophomore, Undeclared
- Jackie Hernandez (snowboardcross) Freshman, Undeclared
- Lindsey Jacobellis (Snowboardcross) Freshman, Undeclared
- Jessica Jerome (ski jumping) Junior, Economics
- Jessika Jenson (snowboard slopestyle) Freshman, Undeclared
- Torin Koos (cross country) Master of Professional Communication
- Devin Logan (slopestyle skiing) Freshman, Undeclared
- Megan McJames (alpine) Sophomore, Undeclared
- Heather McPhie (moguls) Junior, Psychology
- Eliza Outtrim (Moguls) Freshman, Undeclared
- Brita Sigourney (halfpipe skiing) Junior, Business
- Leanne Smith (alpine) Freshman, History
- Marco Sullivan (alpine) Freshman, Undeclared
- Jacqueline Wiles (alpine) Freshman, Undeclared