Team Summit definitely has its issues |

Team Summit definitely has its issues

Nancy Savidge - Frisco

As the parent of a former Team Summit athletes, I need to offer a different perspective from the one quoted and attributed to the president of the Team Summit board.

The board president states, “But our freestyle and snowboarding programs are going great.”

Regarding freestyle – the “new school” program no longer exists with Team Summit. That is the skier discipline that has been made famous by the X Games.

Quantum has picked up that program and is growing the enrollment with each year.

The alpine snowboard racing program – the Olympic event made famous by Chris Klug – was so mismanaged this past year that a majority of the athletes were forced to commute to Vail.

This was a highly motivated group of athletes trying to excel in their sport, including two that qualified for the Junior World championships in the Czech Republic.

Fortunately, Copper Mountain has offered to provide coaching for this upcoming season. We would have loved to stay with Team Summit but our particular programs were dropped.

Team Summit’s issues, in our experience, go much deeper than the recent alpine skier problems.

Communication, inclusion and respect would have gone a long way to create a true “team” – just ask any alpine snowboard athlete.

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