The National Elite Group Camp brings the top Juniors in the country together with the US Ski Team athletes and staff for a national team training camp. NCCSEF will invest $5000 in this camp.
Top regional junior skiers participate each year in one of four USSA Regional Elite Group (REG) summer camps. The camps include general and ski-specific assessments, ski technique support as well as athlete and coaches education. Each camp includes U.S. Ski Team coaching staff which observe, interact and coach. With the help of regional coaches attending the camps, the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff selects the top athletes from all four REG camps (East,Central, West and Alaska) and names these athletes to the National Elite Group (NEG). These athletes are offered the opportunity to train alongside the U.S. Ski Team athletes at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center October 9-17, 2010. Attributes such as motivation, dedication, general physical fitness and ski-specific performance are taken into consideration to select these athletes.
The National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation will support the USSA 2010 National Elite Group Camp with a $5000 grant to offset certain athlete and coaching expenses.
National Elite Group 2010
Skyler Davis (Stratton Mountain School/ Sverre Caldwell)
David Sinclair (GMVS/ Justin Beckwith & Dartmouth College/ Ruff Patterson)
Andy Dodds (Minnesota Valley/ Reid Lutter & CXC Jr Development Program/ Igor
Scott Patterson (Alaska Winter Stars/ Jan Buron)
David Norris (Fairbanks Alaska Ski Team (FAST)/Bill McDonnell)
Tyler Kornfield (Alaska Winter Stars/ Jan Buron & UAF/ Scott Jerome)
Erik Fagerstrom (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation / Chris Mallory)
Isabel Caldwell (SMS/ Sverre Caldwell & Dartmouth College/ Cami Thompson)
Heather Mooney (Stratton Mountain School/ Sverre Caldwell)
Jessie Diggins (CXC Team Vertical Limit/ Jason Cork & Gus Kaeding)
Annie Pokorny (Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation/ Chris Mallory)
Michaela Frias (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club/Josh Smullin & Brian Tate)
Caitlin Patterson (Alaska Winter Stars/ Jan Buron & UVM/ Patrick Weaver)
Annie Hart (Minneapolis Ski Club/ Kevin Brochman)
$5000 in NCCSEF funds wil go toward: $50 each ground transport costs for one coach, and each eastern participant, as well as $300 towards a flight for Central and $500 AK participants. Lodging is free at the OTC.
The NNF's mission is to support athletic excellence in developing nordic athletes in the United States.
This is my first time out of the U.S. and competing at the U18 Scando Cup in Finland. This has been the best experience and I am so motivated to get to the next level. Kittos (Thanks in Finnish)- Mattie Watts