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Sochi-bound UT Students

by Ski Utah Yeti February 4 2014 3 Comments

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The 2014 Olympic games are just around the corner and nowhere are people more excited than in Utah. Utah鈥檚 winter conditions provide the perfect training grounds for a variety of Olympic sports. After the 2002 Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, most of the venues were left for the use of training America鈥檚 athletes with dreams of their own medals one day. The US Ski Team even calls Utah home, with headquarters and training facilities based in the Park City area.聽

Nowadays athletes seem to be going professional younger every year, but thanks to some creative planning, they don鈥檛 have to sacrifice their dreams outside of the Olympic stage. Westminster College, Utah鈥檚 only private liberal arts school, has made this possible thanks to a continued partnership with the USSA (U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association) which has provided scholarships for top athletes to fulfill higher education. Student athletes can be engaged in the classroom and also take advantage of the training facilities located in nearby Park City, such as the Center for Excellence and the Olympic Park. Since the start of this program in 2005, over 100 US athletes have exceled in more than 50 undergrad and graduate degree programs.

2014 Westminster athletes headed to Russia:

路聽聽聽聽聽 Maddie Bowman (Halfpipe) Sophomore, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Joss Christensen (Ski Slopestyle) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Alex Deibold (Snowboardcross), Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Jessie Diggins (Cross Country) Sophomore, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Bryan Fletcher (Nordic Combined) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Taylor Fletcher (Nordic Combined) Freshman, Business

路聽聽聽聽聽 Julia Ford (Alpine), Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Travis Ganong (Alpine) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Jared Goldberg (Alpine) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Faye Gulini (Snowboardcross) Sophomore, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Jackie Hernandez (Snowboardcross) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Lindsey Jacobellis (Snowboardcross) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Jessika Jensen (Snowboard Slopestyle) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Jessica Jerome (Ski Jumping) Junior, Economics

路聽聽聽聽聽 Torin Koos (Cross Country) Master of Professional Communication

路聽聽聽聽聽 Devin Logan (Ski Slopestyle) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Megan McJames (Alpine) Sophomore, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Heather McPhie (Moguls) Junior, Psychology

路聽聽聽聽聽 Eliza Outtrim (Moguls) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Brita Sigourney (Halfpipe) Junior, Business

路聽聽聽聽聽 Leanne Smith (Alpine) Freshman, History

路聽聽聽聽聽 Marco Sullivan (Alpine) Freshman, Undeclared

路聽聽聽聽聽 Jacqueline Wiles (Alpine) Freshman, Undeclared

Park City local Joss Christensen looks to make his Olympic debut on the slopestyle stage and add another medal to his already impressive resume. When he鈥檚 not on the slopes, find him hitting the books at Westminster and staying active on the bike trails. After finishing 5th overall in the AFP World Ranking, we can鈥檛 wait to see what he lays down in Sochi.

Faye Gulini, another Utah native from Salt Lake City hopes to achieve Olympic dreams of her own. After debuting in Snowboardcross in the 2010 Vancouver games, Faye is ready for a break through performance that will land her on the podium.

Find more information on current USA athletes courtesy of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association and Westminster College below:

Westminster College 2014 Olympic Athlete Profiles

USSA Olympic Site

Sochi Competition Schedule

We wish all athletes the best of luck in the Olympic games, be safe and bring home the gold!聽

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