Zach Bouchard ’15 Participates in U.S. Ski Team Training Camp
BETHEL, Maine – For the second consecutive year, Gould Academy sophomore Zach Bouchard ’15 of Merrimac, MA raced and trained with the top young skiers in the U.S. while being assessed by the U.S. Ski Team.
Bouchard was one of 30, sixteen year-old male alpine skiers along with 30 female skiers invited to participate in the U16 National Assessment Project held at the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City, UT.
“I am excited to see and compete against my peers from all over the country. The week is demanding but it’s important to me to be evaluated among the best kids in the country to see where I stand,” said Bouchard before the trip.
Based on his results in the 2012 Junior Championships, Bouchard was selected to participate in the inaugural project last April in Park City.
While there he finished second overall among boys in GS, dual race and slalom. That finish led to an invitation to train for two weeks in Austria with the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Team this past winter.
The purpose behind the U16 National Assessment Project is to gauge the current athletic condition of American Ski Racing in the U16 age group through competitions, skills tests, and physical conditioning. It also acquaints the U.S. Ski Team’s development staff with these elite young skiers.
Bouchard finished 12 out of 30 skiers this year based on coach assessments as well as finishes in giant slalom, slalom and parallel races.
“Zach has had a very busy season between racing in the U.S. and in Europe. He’s worked hard to earn this honor, and we’re all very proud that he represented Gould at the National Assessment Project,” said Head Alpine Coach Kurt Simard.
The U16 National Assessment Project ran from March 31 to April 5.
Gould Academy Competition Program student-athletes benefit from a traditional New England boarding school education, while focusing on their passion for winter sports. Student-athletes work with a full-time, world-class coaching staff and train year round on campus and at Sunday River Ski Resort only six miles away.