Meet Our Wright Training Ambassadors
Kate Elkind grew up skiing at Mad River Glen, VT, exploring the many various shades of ice the east coast has to offer. For college, she ventured west in search of bigger mountains by racing at Whitman College in Washington State. She studied abroad in Jackson Hole her junior spring, attending a highly rigorous program of academic distinction at Teton Village Sports. After a season-ending knee injury, she finished college with a degree in geology and was unable to ski for a year and a half. After seeing countless doctors and physical therapists, she started going to Wright Training. The programming helped her come back through a thigh injury and stronger than ever. Now she is trying to still ski seven days a week while attending nursing school in town. In the future, she hopes to conduct further research on the therapeutic effects of skiing powder.
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.
Johanna Murphy grew up skiing on the east coast. Originally from Woodbridge Connecticut, her mom and dad taught her how to ski at the young age of 2. In High School, she was on the soccer and ski team where she was captain for both sports her senior year. She continued her ski racing and soccer career in college at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In her sophomore year, the ski team made the USCSA nationals and in her junior year, her soccer team made the sweet sixteens in the NCAA tournament. After college, Johanna perused a career in marketing at the World Wildlife Fund and fulfilled her athletic competitiveness competing in CrossFit. Johanna soon realized the mountains were where she belonged. In 2012, Johanna quit her job in D.C. and made a run for the mountains landing in Jackson. In her 4 years in Jackson, she has excelled in sustaining a career while competing in big mountain competitions and completing large objectives in the Tetons. Her drive has landed her on the board of the Jackson Hole Babe Force and the Director of Sales at the Springhill Suites Marriott in town, and we are excited to she what she does next.
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.