Jessie Kuzmicki, age 13, from Pownal, VT recently earned a spot at the USSA J3 Elite Fundamentals Camp due to her outstanding results slast season. Kuzmicki became one of only 40 Eastern USSA athletes (20 male and 20 female) who were selected to participate, from all alpine racing programs east of the Mississippi River, for this early season training opportunity.
The training camp will be held December 12-14 at Burke Mt, VT during which time the athletes will be introduced to United States Ski Team fundamentals curriculum as developed and utilized by our Olympians. This curriculum addresses the core technical skills that are ultimately needed to build a sound foundation for tactical success in the future. It is also part of the training camp to introduce a skills assessment that will integrate into the qualification process for future USSA/Eastern alpine projects and competitions.
Kuzmicki is the only participant this year from southern Vermont and is a competition member of the Mount Snow Training Center where she trains on the weekends. The MSTC and Mount Snow Ski Club recently awarded Jessie a partial scholarship towards her training expenses.
Last season as a J4 racer, Jessie finished second overall in 2010 in the Southern Vermont Council and combined for top 30 finishes both at the Jr. Olympics and Can-Am races this past April. She was a top ten finisher in all seven races held by the Southern Vermont Council, winning the Willard Mt. slalom and both Stratton Super G races earning her the 2010 Southern Vermont Council Super Combined title.
In the off season, Jessie trains by cycling and swimming with the Bennington Marauders.