My Motto- There is no clear and quick path to success, you have to work for it and earn it.
Unusual talent- I can only do handstands with my ski boots on.
Nickname- Big C
Years at ELITEAM- 2 as a camper, 3 as a Counselor, 1st year as a Coach!
Competitive Sports Background- varsity football, lacrosse, and alpine skiing on USSA and FIS levels
What have you learned from your sport? Its all about the preparation, staying focused, and playing within yourself.
Other sports/activities I enjoy- Sailing, soccer, biking, and powder skiing
Coaching experience- Boys youth lacrosse and some youth ski racing
Personal fitness goals for 2015- Earning a starting spot on the Skidmore Lacrosse Team. Making the Irish Lacrosse National Team. Completing a half marathon. Being active every day.
When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm... Working to improve my lacrosse game, hanging out and sailing with family and friends on Cape Cod, skiing deep powder lines, or stuck in a classroom.
Favorite ELITEAM dance move- Gotta be the Meat Grinder
Favorite "power" food/fuel- A nice steak with broccoli the night before a competition is all I need to get going!
What I love most about ELITEAM- The campers who make everything so fun and exciting to do.
Most memorable ELITEAM moment- Doing the sandpit slalom every year, most competitive moment of camp for me.
Advice to young athletes- Every sport you play should be fun, and if they aren't, ask yourself if they are the right sports for you.
AJ is a current member of the USST. He had a very successful season this winter, racing his first World Cup and winning bronze in the World Junior Championships in Norway. Congrats AJ!
AJ was born in Greece, trained in Austria as a youngster, then moved to VT and attended the Green Mountain Valley School.
He coached for us in Park City last year. This year he'll be joining us in VT.
Competitive Sports Background-
4 year member of USST. Junior World Champs medalist. Europa Cup, Nor Am & US Nationals podiums.
What have you learned from your sport?
You get out what you put in!
Other sports/activities I like-
Basketball & Volleyball. I could play all day long!
Personal fitness goals for 2015-
Beat Doug Lewis in a 5K.
When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm...
Training at the Center of Excellence, trying to get on the same playing field as Marcel Hirscher on and off snow (lots of ground still to make up).
Favorite "power" food/fuel-
What I love most about ELITEAM-
The atmosphere! Can't beat it.
Most memorable ELITEAM moment-
Sandpit SL. Those really prep you for World Cups.
Advice to young athletes-
Enjoy the process. We all have goals we want to achieve and the only way to get there doing our best in the moment and enjoying ourselves every step of the way. If the process isn't enjoyable, what's the point of having that goal?
My motto in life-
Dig Deep (Sorry Lew, stealing this one from you!)