JACKSON, Wyo. — Three local student-athletes from the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club have been selected to participate in the Western Regional Development Project this month in Italy.
Sophia Tozzi, Oliver Parazette, and Grant Hagen are in Italy right now with JHSC Alpine Head Coach Seppi Stiegler to train. They arrived Oct. 10 and will be there through the 26.
“Sophia, Oliver, and Grant have shown incredible commitment during summer training, and Seppi continues to take a huge leadership role,” said Brian Krill, JHSC Executive Director. “Their selection, and Seppi’s selection as a regional coach on the trip, shows the strength of our program right now. It’s really important for these young athletes to have exposure and experience in Europe, where they will ultimately need to have success to reach the highest levels of the sport.”
The goal of the Western Regional Development Camp is to create a fun and competitive environment for student-athletes to help them put finishing touches on their off-season preparation. The sub-national team structures offer complementary cooperative training with other regions, contributing productively and professionally to achieving the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Mission of being the best nation in ski competition in the world.
“After a long stretch in the gym it’s great to be back on snow to finish our preparatory training block,” Stiegler said. “Grant and Sophia are first year FIS athletes and have stepped right into our high level training environment lead by their teammate Oliver. Early snow and cold temperatures on the glacier puts our team in the perfect place to get ahead for the year.”
The team traveled to Schnalstal/Senales, Italy, where they will spend about two weeks training with the rest of the Western Region team. All three student-athletes are preparing for early season FIS and Nor-Am Cup races. The Western Regional Development Program offered an incredible learning environment, as athletes train side by side with Italian and Canadian national teams.
“This trip is a whole new experience for me,” said Grant Hagen. “From the different cultures, to the level of work ethic on the hill, the quality of training I am getting will help me ski my best this season”
“The experience is super cool to be in a whole new place with new people and coaches,” said Sophia Tozzi. “The volume of training and level of coaching will help with my upcoming season.”
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