DOVER -- The Mount Snow Academy is celebrating three of its former students who are heading to Russia for this year's Winter Olympics.

"We are very excited about that," said Head of School and Director Lynne Sullivan. "We are thrilled. The kids here are very excited. They're obviously going to be glued to the TV during the Olympics."

Currently, there is a big banner on the side of the academy building that congratulates the three Olympians who were invited to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, which are being held from Feb. 7 to 23. They were three of the 230 members chosen by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

On Jan. 22, it was announced that the academy's third student, Eliza Outtrim, would be going for the first time to the games. Her specialty is the freestyle skiing events of moguls and dual moguls.

Outtrim's father called Sullivan as soon as they received the news. He told her about all the qualifying events she had participated in.

Also going for her first time is Devin Logan, who will be competing in the freestyle skiing slopestyle event. She told the Reformer that she was honored to represent her country.

"Hopefully, I'll bring back a medal of some sort for the U.S.," said Logan.

Before the competition circuit began, Sullivan had spoke with Logan. She was coming off of an injury and hoped to do well in the upcoming events.

In previous years, halfpipe competitor Kelly Clark had been the only graduate from MSA who had represented the U.S. This will be her fourth time competing in the games.

Sullivan said she was not surprised that these women had made the cut.

"And I would not at all be surprised if they (make the) podium at the Olympics. I'm almost counting on it, although I shouldn't," she added.

Sixteen students who are currently residing at the Academy house will likely watch the games together. Sullivan suspects the others will be watching at home. A celebration has not been planned yet, but she expected it would be soon.

She attributes the success of the academy's programs to the consistency of the training and the desire of the kids.

"This is not a winter vacation," said Sullivan. "They have to work diligently and consistently to do what they do. And they're being on snow six days a week makes a huge difference."

She told the Reformer that the academy hopes to see all three students make it to the podium.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com.