Westminster honours USSA Olympians

13 May 2014 15:07
Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe Champion Kaitlyn Farrington (right) showing off her Olympic hardware at Westminster College together with Freestyle Ski medallists Maddie Bowman and Devin Logan.
Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe Champion Kaitlyn Farrington (right) showing off her Olympic hardware at Westminster College together with Freestyle Ski medallists Maddie Bowman and Devin Logan. -
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The connection between education and athletics is powerful. That was evident last Friday as Salt Lake City’s Westminster College honoured its 23 members of Team USA, two of them snowboarders who brought home medals from the Sochi Winter Games.

Besides Olympic Halfpipe Champion Kaitlyn Farrington also SBX bronze medallist Alex Deibold was also one of the nominees.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has developed a partnership with Westminster since 2005, providing an opportunity for athletes training at the USSA Center of Excellence to be able to attend college.

“All of USSA’s athletes do an incredible job of balancing academic schedules and high athletic loads while they pursue both their Olympic dreams and academic dreams. It’s really been special that Westminster has gotten behind a program like this that enables so many of our athletes to come here.

We are partners in excellence. We’re very proud of this partnership and thankful for it”, said Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Westminster student athletes represented around 25% of Team USA's skiers and snowboarders.