This is a respose to Muleski's post , #19..As the mother of a top NCAA skier, I agree with your comments wholeheartedly. My kid pulls off intense academics, impressive summer jobs, AND is at the top of NCAA Div 1 skiing. According to USSA, he's too old to ever be on the USST. Because he's spent those years in college, and is now 24 (averagae age at NCAA champs was 23 this year), he now has to make B team criteria (WR 60 or under). No one has ever made under 60 WR who was not already on, or previously on the USST. NCAA skiing is completely devalued (their points "don't count") by USSA. It didn't used to be as bad for college skiers. Heck, Marolt was one once upon a time. They used to be able to make the USST by top performance at Winter World University Games. Now, USSA has dropped support of the event altogether (which is necessry for an American to attend, the students cannot go without support of the USA governing body), let alone respecting it. It is an unhappy wake up call when parents who sacrifice to get their kids up to top J2 or J1 level, only then find out that (now their kid has the dream of being on the USST) that if their kid pursues a 4 year college education, they will "give up" any chance of High level skiing beyond college. So--they say--maybe we should focus on football? NCAA offers a wealth of training and experience for skiers, if only USSA would use it and value it. Hard to see why they refuse to, when they complain of lack of funding and resources. But they do.