The athletic programs at National Sports Academy supports each student-athlete as he or she strives towards peak athletic potential. Our faculty and coaching staff help create this environment through their shared experiences in the athletic and academic fields. For each student-athlete to reach his or her personal goals, dedication and hard work are essential. This demands a lifestyle that includes being fit, maintaining a healthy diet, getting adequate rest and sustaining a positive attitude. Through the cooperation between faculty, coaches, and student-athletes, each individual is enabled to reach for success in their given sport. We feel that balancing academics and athletics teaches important life lessons. Our student-athletes learn time management skills through balancing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with significant competition schedules.
Athletic Facilities & Olympic Venues
In 1932, and again in 1980, Lake Placid hosted the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Figure skater, Sonja Henie won her second gold medal here during the first U.S. Olympic Games, and there isn't a hockey fan who hasn't heard of the "Miracle on Ice" at the Olympic Center. NSA students-athletes get the opportunity to train on the same ice rinks, ski slopes and bobsled runs used by past Olympians.
Olympic Center – (walking distance from campus)
This world-class athletic facility is home to three ice arenas including the the 1932 Jack Shea Arena and 1980 Herb Brooks Arena. Our hockey teams are lucky to call these arenas their home ice. To this day, this facility continues to host major national and international competitions. Out front is the Olympic Speed Skating Oval which is open to the public daily in the winter, along with an outdoor hockey box.
Whiteface Mountain – Wilmington (9 miles from campus)
A short scenic drive from campus is Whiteface Mountain. These slopes have challenged Olympic champions and continue to challenge Olympic hopefuls today. With 76 trails, there is lots of room for skiers but there is a separate mountain area for kids and beginners, and a super pipe for snow boarders.
Olympic Sports Complex – Mt. Van Hoevenberg (5 miles from campus)
At the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex, you can do more than just imagine. All levels of nordic skiing trails are based here. Students can also go snow shoeing at the complex, participate in a winter bobsled program, or use the track if they are a luge athlete.
Ski Jumping Complex — North Elba (2 miles from campus)
The center pieces of this complex are a 90 and 120 meter ski jump. Nordic jumping training and competition take place here year round. There is also a freestyle aerial training center steps away from the base of the jump towers.
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