Meet Our Wright Training Ambassadors
Tyler Van Martin was born and raised in Jackson Hole and has spent the majority of his life skiing. Growing up around the motley crew that is the JH Airforce and role models like Doug Coombs, Tyler found a love to skiing early on in life. Over the years that passion has taken him to some of the most amazing places with some of the most amazing people! From competing in the Subaru Freeride Series to filming in the backcountry, being able to share the stoke that skiing creates with friends is one of the real joys of life.
Will is a born and raised in Alaskan, winter has always been a big part of his life. Skiing has always been his passion, eventually bringing him to Jackson Hole. He started tuning at Teton Village Sports, which allowed him to maximize his ski time. Unfortunately, that was paired with fatigue and eventually injury. Focusing on training has been crucial after those injuries and has helped him push his skiing career. His few years in Jackson have fueled his love for the sport while these mountains continue to open his eyes to the possibilities that skiing brings.
Veronica fell in love with skiing at Squaw Valley, California where she began participating actively in the sport of freestyle moguls in her early teens. At 17, she qualified for the NorAm mogul tour and continued to qualify and compete on this tour for another 5 years. She’s also competed in US Ski Team Selections and the USSA National Freestyle Championships, where Veronica earned a 6th place finish in women’s dual moguls in 2014. Last season, Veronica transitioned to big mountain, and after only her first season was ranked 8th on the Americas Freeride World Qualifier Tour.
She recently graduated from Colorado College with a major in Computer Science and minors in Mathematics and French. When not skiing, she can be found rock climbing, mountain biking, or surfing.
Veronica appreciates the value of training to help prevent sports injuries and is looking forward to learning from the experts at Wright Training. With a planned regimen of intense workouts and lots of time on the mountain in Jackson, Veronica is aiming to win a Freeride World Qualifier 4-star event and earn a podium berth on at least half of this season’s competitions, which would put her in contention for the prestigious Freeride World Tour.
Elsa Smith was born and raised in Jackson Hole, WY, and graduated from high school in the spring of 2016. She has been skiing for the majority of her life, but started competitively big mountain skiing when she was thirteen. Her relationship with strength training began when Elsa tore the ligaments in her ankle on the first day of her 2012/13 ski season, and ever since then, Elsa has been working with Wright Training with the purpose of avoiding injury and progressing as an athlete both on and off the snow. The love and passion she has for skiing has taken Elsa to amazing places, such as Whistler, BC, and Bariloche, Argentina, to name just a few. She placed second at the IFSA North American Championships this past winter, and is looking forward to attending Quest University in Squamish, BC, where she will study, and of course, ski!
Daniel started freestyle skiing at just four years old. Originally, he was a competitive park and pipe skier and continued on that path until he was 14 or so years old. Now he competes in Big Mountain Competitions. Combined, he has earned 26 medals from park and pipe, most of them being gold. He has six gold medals from Big Mountain Competitions. Last but not least, he has landed a couple segments in TGR’s Dream Factory and Way of Life.
Tara Baker grew up in Indiana, cross-country skiing and working on the family garden farm. After high school, she worked as a National Volunteer, assisting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other natural disaster emergencies in the coastal east. She then earned her certificate as a wildland firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician going on to spend the next eight summers pursuing a rigorous and fulfilling career as a wildland firefighter and search and rescue personnel with the US Forest Service. Her winters were spent in mountain towns in Colorado and finally, Jackson, where she discovered a love for snowboarding, rock climbing, and training during her off seasons.
While finishing her 2014 fire season, she injured her ankle, setting her training back nine months. Then in 2015 began to develop back pain and tendonitis. A climbing trip resulted in a torn hip labrum and she came to Wright Training with strength imbalance issues and chronic pain. She began to experience positive results within weeks of starting training.
She aims to pull on rock (or plastic) seven days a week all summer long while finishing pre-rec classes for nursing school. “I never knew how much pain I was in until it finally started to disappear”.