About Devon Laidman

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Advice to young athletes-
Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. You'll never get where you want to go if you don't push your limits.

What I love most about ELITEAM- 
I love that Eliteam is as much about working out as it is about learning. I use a lot of those lessons in my sports.

Nickname- Devo

Education- 
Dover-Sherborn High School '14,
Ithaca College '18

7 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper-  4
Counselor- 2
Coach- 2014 was my first year!

Competitive sports background- 
Skiing: started skiing at age 2, racing at 8, raced for MWV and high school team. Started lacrosse in third grade, played club and high school, and continuing to play in college. 

What I’ve learned from sports
I've learned that any extra work you put in helps. I always try to do wall ball or shoot around before or after practice. Sometimes the coaches notice, but that's not as important as knowing it will help improve your skills all the time.

Other sports/activities I like-
Standup paddle-boarding, hiking, knee-boarding, basically anything that gets the blood pumping and the muscles working!

Coaching experience-
Coaching lots of girls youth lacrosse!

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014- 
Getting in shape for college fall ball! Lots of sprints, running, circuits, and wall ball!

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m… 
Ripping twine on the lacrosse field, or practicing for the jello drop!

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
CPR is my go-to move!

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Does that include ELITEAM’s black bean brownies? Because those are the best!

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
So many memories! I'd have to say running down the sand pits in PC, those were intense!

My motto in life- 
"A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there"

 

About Ali Spencer

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What I’ve learned from my sport-
I’ve learned how hard work and patience pay off. Everything in life takes dedication. If you have the drive and desire to succeed, and if you dedicate yourself to it, and take the time out to work as hard as you can, then you will become successful in whatever you choose. 

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam...
I’m the Athletic Trainer at GMVS and dorm parent to 20 students.

Education- 
GMVS Graduate 2010, Castleton State College 

4 Years @ ELITEAM-
3 years as a camper way back when, First year as ATC

Competitive sports background- 
Competitive ski racer for 15 years, racing at GMVS, and then going on to become captain of the Castleton Ski team, making two national appearances with Castleton and helping the team to an all time best of 5
th place nationally.

Other sports/activities I like-
I enjoy hiking, biking, as well as waterskiing.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Have fun and ski lots.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The Sprinkler!

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
Bacon, egg and cheese!

What I love most about ELITEAM-
Sand pits!

Advice to young athletes-
Work hard and good things will happen.

My “Motto” in life-
Go big or go home.

About Sarah Ladouceur

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What I love most about ELITEAM-
Definitely the people! So many wonderful coaches, counselors and campers!

Advice to young athletes-
When you are ready to give up, try one more time.

Education-
Just finished 13 years at The Brearley School and am headed off to Williams College in the Fall.

4 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper- 1
Counselor- 2
Coach- 1

Competitive sports background-
I was a figure skater for 11 years and competed at the national level.  I stopped due to a back injury and picked up field hockey in High School. Since then I have been selected for the US National tournament twice and recruited to play in college.  

What have I’ve learned from my sport-
To never give up on your dreams, because if you put in everything you have, then anything is possible.  

Other sports/activities I like-
I love to dance (both seriously and ELITEAM style), read books, listen to music, sing, take photos, travel, be outside exploring and spending time with my family and friends.

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
Be a starting player for the Williams Field Hockey team.  Play two varsity sports in college.  Complete the 30 day Bikram Yoga challange,

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
Playing lots of field hockey and going to school. I travel to Princeton NJ for practices, which takes up a lot of my time.  Other than that, I spend time with my family and friends, and like to run and play squash. 

Unusual talents-
I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue and do the dance move "the worm".

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The sprinkler! 

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
I adore any and all fruit.  I eat avocados all the time in any form; guac, on toast or plain! I really love to make smoothies as well.   

Most memorable moment at camp-
The first time I got to the top of the Vertical Playpen.  I was so excited! 

My “Motto” in life-
Anything is possible.

About JT Olson

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What I’ve learned from my sport-
Some of the most important lessons that I have learned in sports have been teamwork, commitment, mental toughness, and how to apply these lessons to my life. 

My motto in life-
Dream big!!

Education:
2014- currently attending the University of Rhode Island 

8 Years @ ELITEAM
Camper- 4
Counselor- 2
Coach- 2

Competitive sports background-
I skied competitively for 12 years and rowed crew for 4 years in high school, I played tennis for a year in college and I am on the surf team.

Other sports/activities I like-
I enjoy running, playing frisbee, slack lining, hiking, and swimming. 

Coaching experience-
I coached the sundown ski team for 2 years and I also coached my crew team for a year after I graduated.

Personal/Fitness goals:
For 2014 I wanted to be able to run in the half marathon in my town and I did!! I also want to be able to complete a 360 on my surf board. 

When I’m not coaching at ELITEAM, I’m…
When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM I'm usually outside running, slack lining, or hanging out with friends.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
My favorite dance move is the sprinkler!!

Favorite power food/fuel-
For energy food I love to eat cliff bars and then I usually drink water.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
My favorite part about Eliteam is the high ropes course in the woods and rock climbing.  

Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
My most memorable moment would be the first time I completed the dangle duo blindfolded, it felt so good to be the first one to do it as a camper.

Advice to young athletes-
My advice would be to always push your limits because you can achieve much more than you think is possible.

About Ben Reetz

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Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Whenever I see a camper reach a goal, or overcome an obstacle that they didn’t think was possible. That is always something that sticks with me.

What I’ve learned from my sport-
The hard work you put in when no one is watching is what makes the biggest difference.

Education-
Currently a junior at the University of Vermont- majoring in Bio, minoring in Chem

7 Years @ ELITEAM-
Camper- 2
Counselor- 3
Coach- 2

Competitive sports background-
Varsity skiing and soccer

Other sports/activities I like-
Sweet single track mountain bike riding and powder days

Personal/ Fitness goals for 2014-
I’m trying to do something active everyday. Whether that be going to the gym, going on a ride, or playing pick up soccer. So far it’s been going splendidly.

When I’m not coaching at Eliteam, I’m…
During the school year I tend to be in school… probably a good thing, but during the summer I work at a bike and ski shop.

Unusual talents-
I used to be pretty good at the Chinese yoyo but I’ve taken an extended hiatus from it.

Favorite ELITEAM dance move-
The meat grinder.

Favorite “power” food/fuel-
My dad’s energy bars.

What I love most about ELITEAM-
The staff and the campers. You guys are the ones that make it so fun!

Advice to young athletes-
All of you can be widely successful in many ways including athletics. It all comes down to determination and putting in the time and extra effort.

My “Motto” in life-
Carpe Diem