The NSA athletic program continues to focus on cost effectively maximizing the individual potential of committed athletes to realize and sustain high levels of performance in alpine ski racing throughout their development and active racing career. A committed NSA athlete will train at the level best suited to realizing progress and sustaining results without any performance criteria to “remain on the team”.
The NSA High Performance Development Program also recognizes that the athletic component is not the only key to developing and retaining promising and committed athletes. This is reflected in the Academy’s initial mission statement and remains unchanged:
Our mission is to provide an environment for talented student athletes to maximize individual potential through the pursuit of alpine ski racing excellence, academic achievement and personal growth.
By incorporating program elements that integrate and address the broader needs of the athlete including academics, fitness, psychological training, and a home base that includes a gym and boarding, the Academy experience is designed to develop the whole person in a highly competitive and challenging environment.
I spent two great years at NSA, my last year in K2 and my first year in FIS. I learned easily at the academy because of the positive environment. All the athletes seemed to have lots of energy and kept the momentum moving forward. Traveling on that path for two years taught me skills I use every day. NSA was a fabulous experience. I owe a lot of my success to the many coaches who have helped me during my career, and Jurg Gfeller was one of those inspiring coaches.Larisa Yurkiw '00