Stratton Mountain, Vt. – Six current Stratton Mountain School athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Teams, according to releases received today from the U.S. Ski Team.
Stratton Mountain School is a ski and snowboard academy located at the base of Stratton Mountain, Vermont. The school serves students in grades 8 – 12 with winter programs for 7th graders. The SMS community of students, faculty, coaches and staff share the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence.
“Six U.S. Team appointments in one year is a phenomenal accomplishment for our athletes,” said SMS Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our kids, our coaches and staff, who all helped make this happen.”
Here are the lucky six and yes, 2 of them are siblings:
1. Nick Krause (SMS ’11), Northborough, Mass. Nominated to the U.S. Ski Team’s Alpine Development Team.
“Nick has been singularly focused this season on improving his skiing and taking it to the next level,” said SMS Alpine Program Director Mike Morin. “He has been working hard and achieving his goals, and this appointment to the U.S. Ski Team is such an honor for him.”
2. Brittany Lathrop (SMS ’13), South Londonderry, Vt. Nominated to the U.S. Ski Team’s Alpine Development Team for woman.
“Brittany’s family has a tradition of being involved with the USST, so this has long been a goal of hers,” said Harlow. “Before the US D-Team Tryout Camp, very few of the USST coaches had ever seen her ski, but she went determined to show them how talented she is and she did just that. Her ability and competitive spirit will be a great fit for that team. Britt knows it won’t be easy, but she is certainly up for the challenge.”
3. Libby Gibson (SMS ’13), Jamaica, Vt. Nominated to the U.S. Ski Team’s Alpine Development Team for women.
“At US Nationals, Libby emerged as one of the top junior skiers in the country, current USST members included,” said Eric Harlow, SMS Head Women’s Coach. “Her touch and ability to be fast shone through in some really difficult conditions. It was at that event that she began to understand what was actually possible. Lib’s worked so hard to get to this point, but she realizes this is just a step and there is still far to go before she reaches her goals.”
4. Spencer Shaw (SMS ’11), Winhall, Vt. Nominated o the U.S. Snowboard Team’s Rookie Halfpipe (HP) Team.
“Spencer came into this year strong and determined,” said SMS Snowboard Program Director Ross Powers (SMS ’97). “He is a true competitor, and he goes into events knowing what he needs to do. He impressed me this year with his amplitude out of the Halfpipe and with the number of spins he was pulling in the Halfpipe and off the jumps in Slopestyle.”
5. Serena Shaw (SMS ’13), Winhall, Vt. Nominated to the U.S. Snowboard Team’s Rookie Halfpipe (HP) Team.
“In January, Serena really got her focus together and she started showing up at events ready to win,” Powers said. “She pulled off her big tricks, like her frontside 720. Once she got that, she really started doing well at events. For being as young as she is, it’s a privilege for her to be on the National Team, and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future.”
6. Skyler Davis (SMS ’11 PG), Stratton Mountain and Jericho, Vt. Nominated to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s Development Team.
“This is a great honor for Skyler,” said SMS Nordic Program Director Sverre Caldwell. “He has been so focused and committed, and his hard work has paid off.”
In 2011, the three U.S. Alpine Team appointments to Krause, Gibson and Lathrop are more than were offered to any other club or program in the country.