SR Staff Report
Ski Racing Media shares an ELITEAM update. It is always interesting to hear about the unique experiences of camp participants. The visionary of this camp is Doug Lewis a former World Championship DH bronze medalist, twotime Olympian and World Cup racer. Lewis provides a creative and unique life-enhancing opportunity. Lewis’ camps expose athletes to innovative fitness techniques and teaches them about physiology, nutrition and performance psychology This year’s camp theme is GRIT
The voices of the ELITEAM athletes
SRM believes the best people to ask about the camps are the participant so let’s see what they have to say.
Layla – ELITEAM is great way to build strength physically and mentally and push your limits. It is also FUN!
Geoffrey – Grit is what makes a good athlete a great athlete. It helps you push harder than any of your competition, even if you are not physically stronger than the rest.
Ari – I learned that when you push your limits, it makes you feel complete, because you know you tried your hardest no matter what happens.
Devon – I learned that vegetables can taste good in anything.
Arshya – Good nutrition is essential to being a good athlete.
Stella – Not all fats are bad for you and cheese is good for you.
Riis – I am stronger and faster than I thought I was and I need to stretch more.
Olivia R – ELITEAM is amazing and it will teach you how to be a better athlete and a better person.
Observations of ELITEAM parents
Participant parent 2022
– “Our daughter, a U14, has just returned from your camp. This was the greatest experience she has had at summer camp. All your updates, your attention to detail and personalization, the intentional goal setting and recognition of fears (and overcoming them) – all of it was wonderful.
My husband and I whole-heartedly agree that this experience proved much more impactful and inspiring than otherwise traveling all over the world hunting down snow glaciers and training lanes for 6 days. Yes, the Eliteam camp isn’t on snow, but the intangibles, the mental toughness, the physical focus components and GRIT – that will stay with her much longer. Thank you for looking out for her as she attended without any of her own teammates…
. and has now come home with a crew of friends who will always be there at the bottom of the course for her for the rest of her life.”
What is ELITEAM’s Doug Lewis excited about?
Lewis is excited to report the number 109,200!!!
Lewis says, “That’s the total number of burpees that were done by 91 athletes so far this year at the camps held in July at the Killington Mountain School. However, that doesn’t include the 26,000 burpees the staff did! This was ELITEAM’s 31st season educating and inspiring young athletes. Certainly,I become more inspired every year because the campers continually show me what is possible.
“The sports world is often
-times too focused on junior athlete specialization and the 10,000 hour rule of sportspecific skill development. Our priority is to educate young athletes on the importance of becoming a more complete athlete. During the sixday camps the athletes participate in over 30 different activities. For example and only to name a few we include strength, power and agility exercises, In-line skating, dancing, tramping, gravity mountain biking and pogo-ing. Lewis’ philosophy is that learning the basics about sports physiology, psychology and nutrition gives them tools to make bigger gains possible during every training session. Undoubtedly these tools help them progress in their primary sport. Correspondingly for most ELITEAM members their primary sport is skiing.“
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