Merryweather, Steffey Nominated to 2019-2020 U.S. Alpine Team
STRATTON—Stratton Mountain School Alpine alumni Alice Merryweather `15 and George Steffey `15 have been nominated to the 2019-2020 U.S. Ski Team roster, with Merryweather slated for the Women’s B Team and Steffy nominated to the Men’s C Team. While Alpine alumnus Nick Krause `11 was not nominated to the 2019-2020 team, he did win the 2018-2019 Nor-Am Title in Giant Slalom and will compete at all of the World Cup GS races next season. Class of 2019 athlete Olivia Holm `19 will also be “highly involved in all U.S. Ski Team Programming” according to SMS Alpine Director Mike Morin.
“Olivia Holm skied to an impressive 2nd place overall in the US Junior National Championships, giving her access to US Ski Team camps and competition trips,” Morin explained. “Alice is coming off her most successful season yet, highlighted by a top-ten World Cup performance and a DH National Championship Title. Though George was sidelined this season due to injury, we expect him to be back on track for 2019-20. Nicholas is the 2018-19 NOR-Am GS Title winner and will have a World Cup GS Start spot for 2019-20.”
“The 2019-20 season will feature World Cup Finals in Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Italy from March 18-22, 2020,” read the official release from U.S. Ski and Snowboard. “Cortina d’Ampezzo is a favorite classic venue on the women’s World Cup circuit where our women’s speed team has enjoyed a lot of success, and also the site of the 2021 FIS Ski World Championships.”
“I am pleased to share that our A, B, and C team athletes will be fully travel-funded for the 2019-20 season and will be able to go into prep period camps with the ability to focus purely on athletics,” said U.S. Alpine Director Jesse Hunt. “Thanks to commercial sponsors, the Bob Beattie Travel Fund, USOC Direct Athlete Support, dedicated trustees and donor gifts to our Foundation, as well as dedicated fundraising activities carried out by athletes, multiple arms of the organization have been working together to make this happen. The organization has also made significant headway in our efforts to decrease travel costs at the development team level, where members will be responsible for no more than $10,000 in travel and training costs with their team.”
“We are so proud of these athletes continued success, which shows as a direct reflection of our ability to prepare athletes for success beyond SMS,” Morin continued. “Seeing our fundamental approach to student-athlete development working first hand is truly motivating for our current students, staff and the community at SMS.”
Congratulations, Alice and George! Read more here.
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS serves students in grades 7 – 12.