Elena Hight, a homeschooler, is the youngest team member of the U.S. women’s Olympic snowboarding team, and she rode to a sixth place finish at Torino.
Studying on the road
Home-schooled for the past three seasons, Hight does her coursework through independent study. Textbooks and workbooks are sent to her, then she sends tests back. The program is designed for kids who travel a lot, such as those whose parents are in the military. Hight does most of her schoolwork in the spring and fall.
- The Honolulu Adviser, Honolulu, Hawai’i, 9 February 2006, Kaua’i-born teen hanging 10 in the snow
The homeschooled Hight is a prodigy of the snowboard halfpipe, a U-shaped structure with walls generally 18 to 22 feet high. Competitors slide from wall to wall, performing tricks and airborne spins more than 10 feet above the lip of the wall.