About Sarah Wry

Sports have taught me everything I know in every aspect of life. Motivation and time management have probably been the biggest though!

Competitive Sports Background-
Played field hockey, lacrosse, and ski raced throughout high school, and continue now with Field Hockey at St. Lawrence University.

Years at ELITEAM: 8
As a camper- 5
As a counselor- 3
As a coach- 2015 is my first year as a coach!

Other sports/activities you like-
I tried to play ice hockey one time, and when I'm feeling ambitious I dabble in golf (never goes well). I'm really open for anything!

Coaching experience-
Coach U10's at GMVS ski club

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm...
Spending time with friends and family, playing with my doggie, being active, or eating (everything healthy of course!).

Unusual talents?
I'm scary good at finding four leaf clovers.

Favorite "power" food/fuel-
Peanut Butter

What I love most about ELITEAM-
Getting to know all of the new kids as well as spending time with old friends.

Advice to young athletes-
Too many... If you make it to the top, remember what it was like to be at the bottom.

About Conor Austin

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.

About AJ Ginnis

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-

Coaching experience-

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-
Protein smoothies.

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!)

About Natasha Gilbert

The sports I have competed in over the years have taught me many important lessons. The most important lesson to me is that it takes more than one person to succeed. A good coach and raw talent alone will not foster success. It takes dedication and hard work; it takes getting up when you have fallen 20 times already. Effort is the key to reaching one’s full potential both as an athlete and as a person.

Nickname: Tasha

Years at ELITEAM: 4 years as camper and 1 as a Counselor. 2015 will be my first year as a Coach!

Competitive Sports Background: I started skiing when I was five years old; racing at age 11. I raced for Deep Creek Wisp and attended Waterville Valley for two years. I am continuing to race through college. My high school sports included soccer, tennis, track and field (pole-vault, long jump, high jump, javelin), and Rifle Team.

What other sport/activities do you like: I love to read anything from fantasy to murder mysteries. Also, whenever I have a chunk of free time I make it a point to do a craft from my Pinterest!

Coaching experience: I have been coaching ski racing for two years at Deep Creek Wisp, where I coach racers ages 5-9.

Personal Fitness goals for 2015: To utilize the awesome facilities at my college by working out five days a week.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm… Outside hiking, playing pickup soccer games with my friends, and working at Ken Grill Pool as a lifeguard.

Unusual Talents- I can sew my own clothing, and over half my wardrobe is clothing I have made.

What you love most about ELITEAM: What I love most about Eliteam is that it allowed me to be pushed out of my comfort zone. All the ropes courses and mountain bike rides at Eliteam have given me the opportunity to have new experiences and to expand my outlook every time I push my limits. I would have never pushed through my comfort zone had it not been for Eliteam.

Favorite Eliteam Dance Move: Meat Grinder

Favorite Energy boost Fuel: Strawberry granola smoothies

Most memorable ELITEAM moment: My most memorable moment was my first flawless (so I thought) run around the Bergundtal. My first year at Eliteam I lacked the confidence to practice in front of all the other campers. Once I found the courage to practice I was able to hone my skiing skills and it became natural.

Advice to young athletes: My advice to young athletes is not to let fears run your life. I find that when I let my fear take over, my performance is hindered, both in skiing and in life. Face your fears and look past them to the rewards that lie ahead.

Motto in Life: The taller the mountain, The harder the climb, The better the view, From the finish line.


About Colby Jordan

What have you learned from your sport? Always make it fun. Resilience. Work Ethic.

Personal fitness goals for 2015- Core!

What I love most about ELITEAM- Testing your limits

Years at ELITEAM- 9
As a camper- 6
As a counselor- 3
As a coach- 2015 will be my first year as a coach!

Competitive Sports Background- Alpine Ski Racer and Soccer Player

Other sports/activities I like- General sports, hockey, volleyball, biking, sailing.

When I'm not coaching at ELITEAM, I'm... A student, launch driver at Lake Champlain Yacht Club and athlete.

Unusual talents? Hand whistling?

Favorite ELITEAM dance move- Meat Grinder

Favorite "power" food/fuel- All fruits

Most memorable ELITEAM moment- Winning the jello drop and getting forced to run the very last morning of camp because we got busted for staying up late.

Advice to young athletes- Never lose the fun in whatever it is you do.

Your motto in life- The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do.