The National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year program recognizes collegiate and high school athletes whose athletic accomplishments reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. Athletes are also chosen for their academic and personal accomplishments and their integrity as student-athletes. There are 500 All-American Athletes of the Year for the 2017-2018 school year, representing over 230 high schools and colleges.CVA Junior and Boardercross athlete, Emma Downing has been recognized as an NSCA All-American. The 16-year-old is racing in the women's open division on the North American Snowboarder Cross Cup; she ended the 2017-18 Nor-Am season 3rd in the Women's Junior Division, 6th in the Women's Open Division, and as the youngest athlete in the top 10. Emma's commitment to her dryland training is well beyond her years. There is no "off season" for this girl. Emma works as hard in the summer as she does in the winter, she hits impressive [weight] numbers in the gym and backs it up with impeccable form.
The 2018 United Sates Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships wrapped up last week in Lake Placid, NY. CVA was well represented with Big Dogs competing in Alpine, Snowboard and Freeski events.
At CVA we consistently speak to the importance of gratitude. It is a concept that crops up with great frequency in today's world, where instant gratification seems so readily available. Teaching our student-athletes how to be grateful for the places and people in their lives is arguably the most important lesson we impart to them during their time here.