New Hampshire’s own Julia Krass, of Hanover, and a Waterville Valley BBTS alum who trained summer and fall of 2014 at the BBTS BagJump Camps, was called to be a member of the ski slopestyle team team headed to Sochi, Russia for the winter Olympics.
According to 16-year-old Julia, “It’s unbelievable that it happened so early in my career and I’m extremely honored to represent our country at Sochi.”
She went on to say, “I never could have done it without the BBTS coaches and facilities. My last few days at the BagJump this fall were so important. That’s when I was able to really improve some of my skills.”
WVBBTS CEO, Peter Stokloza, spoke for the entire organization when he said, “We could not be more proud of Julia. It’s so exciting to see someone who was training on the BagJump at Phil’s Hill this fall and who will now be representing the USA at the upcoming Olympic Games in Russia!”
Head Freeski Coach, Dan Shuffleton enthused, “She can actually win, too! She’s that good and just won a World Cup. Julia worked super hard and really deserves this opportunity. I’m super proud of her.”
Julia’s parents, Peter and Diana had this to say, “Diana and I can pinpoint a few critical phases in Julia’s young career and being introduced to the BBTS crew is definitely one of them.”
Peter Krass went on to speak about the BBTS coaches, saying, “There were times we though we were nuts hauling Julia back and forth to Waterville Valley from Hanover, but we knew she was getting great coaching. And it sure paid off! Shuff [Dan Shuffleton], as well as Nick [Preston], Wes [Preston] and Wynn [Berns], have had a huge positive influence on her. Over the last few years, Shuff has done an amazing job, from a technical standpoint to instilling the right attitude.”
Representing the educational arm of BBTS, Waterville Valley Academy’s Headmaster, Bob Sampson, pointed out, “Julia, in addition to being an elite athlete, was a great student, earning primarily A’s on her report cards. She came to the academy in 2011, and three years later is heading into her first Olympics!”
Her proud parents went on to say, “Julia would never have gotten where she is without the support of BBTS and Waterville Valley Academy. Everyone there did a fantastic job giving her opportunities she would not have had otherwise, and we owe the entire organization a huge thanks.”
In response, CEO Stokloza laughingly said, “No thanks needed, it was our mission and our pleasure to assist Julia! It’s really us, and perhaps everyone in the nation, who should be thanking Julia for devoting herself to the goal of making the U. S. Olympic Team and doing everything it took to make it happen! Best of luck to you, Julia, you know we’ll be rooting for you.”
The information above was excerpted from an email communication from BBTS.