New USSA athletes welcomed to the fold at 2012 Rookie Camp


Nothing gives a team a boost quite like a little fresh blood. Last weekend, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association got a huge shot in the arm by welcoming a new crop of 48 young athletes to the ranks of its U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing, and U.S. Snowboarding squads at Rookie Camp 2012.

The recently nominated athletes, X Games gold medalists and national champions amongst them, are part of the expanding foundation the USSA is building a year and a half away from the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. The rookies gathered at the team’s headquarters in Park City, Utah June 21-23 for the sixth annual USSA Rookie Camp.

The three-day camp was designed to introduce the young athletes (most in their late teens) to the resources and responsibilities that come along with joining the national teams. The athletes met with USSA President Bill Marolt and vice president of athletics Luke Bodensteiner, talked competitions schedules with their respective program directors and worked out in the Center of Excellence gym.

“We’ve done this six years now and this was a very interesting one,” said Bodensteiner “We’ve been able to develop a really good program with a lot of educational content but we have learned to keep them active too. It’s been an interesting mix with the new sports that were included into the Olympics last summer. Where we have had a lot of development-level skiers in the past, we now have a lot of really established pros at this camp.”

Along with all of the information given to the Olympic hopefuls, they were also handed the physical keys to the organization.  

“The coolest thing that really set in was when we got the key to the building, It was just like ‘wow I’ve finally made it,’” said halfpipe skier Alex Ferreira of Aspen, Colo. “All the resources you have for physical fitness, you can do whatever you want, it’s incredible.”  

The athletes were also trained in best communication practices, educational opportunities and anti-doping procedures. Team building exercises including a ropes course and a soccer game were also on the agenda to unify the new teammates from across the country.  

“The camp had been unreal,” said X Games champion slopestyle skier Bobby Brown of Denver, Colo. “It was nice to have everyone here and get the whole team together to figure out what USSA can do for us and how we can take advantage of all the opportunities that are out there and how to approach the future.”

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