Alpine Programs

National Training Group

FIS National Training Groups

2014-15 Qualification Criteria

1. The National Training Group selection will be based on head to head competition:
- one win and another podium performance at the U18 National Championship (YOB '96 & '97)
- NorAm QRP ranking 4 to 6 in an event with a top 10 ranking in a second event and top 15 age group world ranking (YOB '96 & '97)
- Top three in overall scoring per gender selected out of the U16 National Championship (YOB '98)

2. USSA staff discretion

3. Nomination and naming requires USSA Medical Department clearance

FIS National Training Group Try Out Qualification Criteria:
If additional space is available, the following achievements will result in an invitation to the NTG try out camp:
- Multiple podium performace at the U18 National Championship (YOB '96 & '97)
- One podium and another top 10 at the U18 national Championship (YOB '96 & '97)
- Overall Performance at the U16 National Championship (YOB '98)
- Coaches discretion

2014/15 FIS Women National Training Group

Cecily Decker (Whiteface NYSEF)
Rachael DesRochers (NTG; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail)
Clara Hathorne (NTG; Winterpark Ski Team)
Storm Klomhaus (NTG; Winterpark Ski Team; Eldora Ski Team)
Patricia Mangan  (NTG; Holimont Race Team)
Megan McGrew  (NTG; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail)
Audrey O'Brien  (NTG; Burke Mountain Academy; Squaw Valley Ski Team)
Nina O'Brien (NTG; Burke Mountain Academy; Squaw Valley Ski Team)
Juliette Parke  (Rowmark Ski Academy; Alyeska Ski Team)
Galena Wardle (NTG; Aspen Ski Club)     

 2014/15 FIS Men National Training Group   

Adam Freeman (NTG; Winterpark Ski Team)
Ian Griffith (NTG; Park City Ski Team)
Jack Keane (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail)
Sky Kelsey (Aspen Valley Ski Club)
River Radamus (NTG; Ski & Snowboard Club Vail)
Florian Szwebel  (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail)
Ben Throm  (Aspen Valley Ski Club)
Cody Wilson (NTG; Squaw Valley Ski Club)
Luke Winters  (Sugar Bowl Academy)      

The National Training Groups (U16 NTG; W FIS NTG; M FIS NTG) support the development of top regional junior athletes by bringing them together from across the country to train and compete as a team.  Each NTG is a self-contained group, led by a head coach with the support of an assistant coach and physical trainer.  Based out of the Center of Excellence in Park City, the NTG athletes have full use of the athletic and rehabilitative facilities available to National Team athletes.  The groups work collaboratively with each other, as well as with clubs, academies and regional and national teams as deemed athletically appropriate.

Selection to the NTGs is made according to criteria published annually, and posted to the USSA website in October, as are the NTG athletes named to the teams.

The transition to participation in an NTG represents a partnership between the USSA and the athlete’s local club.  It is handled with high levels of communication and transparency, recognizing that the best interests of the athlete are always of paramount importance.

Full-time participation is preferable to part-time, because it minimizes travel/transfer, is more consistent, and provides a better athletic environment because of peer group consistency.  This is especially true of the FIS group.                                                                                        


U16 National Training Group

2014/15  Qualification Criteria:

1. 1999 year of birth
- Top six in overall scoring per gender selected out of the U16 National Championship

2. 2000 year of birth
- Top three in overall scoring per gender out of the U16 National Championship

3. Staff discretion

4. Nomination and naming requires USSA Medical Department clearance


2014/15 U16 National Training Group

Keely Cashman (Squaw Valley Ski Club)
Sara Rowe  (Mont Ripley Race Team)
Jennie Symons  (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail)
Katie Vesterstein  (Buck Hill Ski Team)
Alix Wilkinson  (Park City Ski Team)



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