Athletes Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Faye Gulini celebrated the USSA's partnership renewal with Westminster College at an official signing last April.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (Dec. 8, 2015) – Between World Cups, Grand Prix and national championships, 47 current athletes and alumni from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing will be furthering their education at Westminster College this season. As the official education partner of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), Westminster has helped over 130 national team athletes combine competing and training with a college education. A total of 22 athletes have graduated from the program.
Last season, 22 Westminster athletes competed in FIS World Championships and the X Games, bringing home a total of eight medals. With a full schedule of competitions in the coming months, this year’s student athletes are already seeing success in the classroom, carrying an average GPA of 3.58.
"I continue to be amazed by our world-class student athletes' commitment and dedication—not only to their sport, but to their education," said Stephen Morgan, Westminster president. "Maintaining an average 3.58 GPA while competing around the globe is extremely impressive and our USSA students should be very proud. These athletes bring an elite level of focus and experience to our college, and we are committed to providing them with a first-class education."
The USSA’s Athlete Career and Education programs continue to be an important part of supporting athletic success while preparing athletes for their careers after skiing and snowboarding. Last year, the USSA renewed its partnership with Westminster for an additional four years, helping support athlete education leading into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and the 2019 FIS Freestyle, Freeskiing and Snowboarding World Championships in Park City, UT.
“Without Westminster's program, there’s a good chance I may not have been able to go to school and train,” said 2015 FIS Moguls World Cup Rookie of the Year Morgan Schild, who, due to a knee injury, is taking a full course load this semester. “The ability to take classes online and in person allows athletes to find what works best for them. I also really like the small class size. It gives the teachers a chance to really get to know us and work with our schedules.”
Fourty-seven former and current athletes from the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing will be furthering their education at Westminster College this season.
Westminster has helped over 130 national team athletes and alumni attend school during and after their athletic careers.
A total of 22 athletes have graduated from the program.
This year’s athletes currently maintain a 3.58 GPA.
Westminster had 23 students compete in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi - 10% of Team USA
2015-16 USSA National Team Athletes / Westminster Students
U.S. Alpine Ski Team Ryan Cochran-Siegle Sam Dupratt Tanner Farrow Jared Goldberg Wiley Maple Anna Marno Megan McJames Alice McKennis Brennan Rubie Marco Sullivan Jackie Wiles
U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Jessie Diggins Liz Stephen
U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team Bryan Fletcher Taylor Fletcher
U.S. Ski Jumping Team Jessica Jerome
U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Alex Bowen Si Ning Chan Avery Driscoll Madison Gorelik Sho Kashima Hannah Kearney Kiley McKinnon Heather McPhie Morgan Northrup Eliza Outtrim Maddie Olsen Michael Rossi Morgan Schild
U.S. Snowboarding Eric Beauchemin Alex Deibold Arielle Gold Faye Gulini Jackie Hernandez Jessika Jenson Zoe Kalapos Ryan Wachendorfer
U.S. Freeskiing Maddie Bowman Jess Breda Joss Christensen Alex Ferreira Alex Hackel Devin Logan Alexi Micinski Darian Stevens Alex Schlopy Emilia Wint
About Westminster: Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information, visit www.westminstercollege.edu or follow @WestminsterSLC on Twitter.