Andy Phillips Rejoins US Ski Team and Slytech After 2 Year Hiatus
Andy Phillips has a bit of a different story to tell than most ski race athletes. Soft-spoken Andy Phillips is a prime example of the U.S. Ski Team National Development System. A development teamer in 2007, he was upgraded to the U.S. C Team after the 2008 season, but turned down the nomination in favor of a two-year LDS mission in Oslo, Norway for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
He's back to skiing and already impressed coaches at the spring on-snow camp in Mammoth Mountain, CA. In between working out at the Center of Excellence in Park City, Phillips is taking classes at Westminster College during the summer months before heading to the Southern Hemisphere for some more time on-snow before getting into the competitive season.
Living in Norway for the past two years was one of the best experiences for me. It gave me a chance to grow up and gain discipline in some areas in which I was lacking, and will attribute to my skiing success.
Being out on your own in a different country and not knowing the language is a difficult situation, but because of these circumstances I was able to push myself to learn the Norwegian language and acquire much needed skills.
As I came home from my mission, I did not know what to expect when I got back on skis at our Mammoth camp, but I knew that it would take much longer than two years to take ski racing out of my system. After some much needed free skiing with Sasha and a few days to compose myself and find my balance, I was able to get back up to speed and begin where I had left off in 2008. I now look forward to some more skiing this summer and to the start of next season.
Phillips started skiing when he was two years old with his dad at Snowbird, Brighton and Alta. He started racing at the age of five. He grew up at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon in Sandy, Utah. He got his start at The Waterford School then moved to Rowmark Academy in Salt Lake City. Then he turned to the Park City Ski Team before joining the U.S. Development Team in 2007 and jumping to the C Team the very next season.
OFF THE SNOW
Phillips plays the violin and piano. Stays summer fit by wakeboarding, hiking and swimming. Biking, yes please â€“ road and mountain. Grabs a good book from time to time and loves kicking back with his family.