US Performance Academy (USPA) and International Ski Racing Academy (ISRA) have partnered in order to provide a flexible and accessible educational opportunity for female ski racing athletes in middle and high school who want to pursue their goals of making a national team, or excelling in collegiate ski racing while being challenged academically. Through a combination of mastering fundamentals, directed free skiing, appropriate drills and drill courses, accredited & NCAA approved academics, and the opportunity to live and race in Europe, ISRA will have a tremendous impact on developing successful ski racers. The program’s ultimate goal is to become the “go to” feeder program for the national teams, creating a seamless transition from FIS and Junior level racers to competitors on the Nor Am, Europa Cup, and World Cup circuits.
ISRA is a full-time program with summer camps in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres with the competition period based in Europe. Through their experience coaching both the tech and speed events on the World Cup circuit, ISRA founders Chris Knight and Jeff Fergus have realized that ski racing is rapidly moving in a different direction. With 25 years of national team coaching experience, Knight and Fergus were head coaches for the two most successful American ski racers in history – Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. They have been on staff for a combined; 7 Olympics, 12 World Championship teams and have been a part of over 50 World Cup victories. Keeping up with the radical evolution in technique and equipment, as well as the changes in approach to conditioning, is a major challenge for any program. Chris and Jeff have the experience, the insight, the connections and the proven track record to bring coaching to the next level.
“We are super excited to partner with USPA.” said Chris Knight, Co-founder of ISRA. “We have had a lot of inquiries from athletes who would like to find a way to reach their academic and ski racing dreams. Together, this partnership allows them to do that at an affordable price. Our fees, combined with USPA fees, offer a substantial discount on the ever increasing costs of academies resulting in less travel costs to races, an overseas cultural experience and fantastic training options throughout northern Italy.”
ISRA will disrupt the ski racing industry and raise the bar for ski athletes worldwide. Northern Italy is perfectly located to provide athletes with the necessary training conditions to be competitive against European racers. The Dolomites offer a wide variety of free skiing and training venues. Training on a variety of slopes makes an athlete more adaptable to different terrain and provides a higher level of comfort and familiarity on race day. Having the ability to choose a venue based on the snow, slope, and how it’s going to affect our desired goals for the day is a luxury that most academies and teams do not have.
Educational partner US Performance Academy is unlike any other school. Designed by athletes and educators, the approach specifically benefits driven students who are training, traveling, competing, and pushing to the next level. The online curriculum allows for a flexible school schedule and academic calendar. The support system keeps students involved, motivated, and on track to success. And the focus on the student-athlete’s future goals and aspirations opens up a doorway to future opportunities.
For more information or to apply to ISRA, please visit: http://bit.ly/ISRAUSPA.