Squaw Valley Ski Team Coach Wins USSA's Domestic Coach of the Year
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] May 17, 2012 – Squaw Valley is proud to announce that the resort’s Head Men’s FIS Coach, Konrad Rickenbach, has been awarded Alpine Domestic Coach of the year by the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA).
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In their press release announcing the 2012 award winners, the USSA wrote “Rickenbach has consistently produced some of the most well rounded athletes in the West has had many athletes nominated to the U.S. Ski Team. He uses his coaching to promote positive attributes in all aspects of young racers lives. A former U.S. Ski Team coach now working with the Squaw Valley club program, he is an example of what a good coach is - a mentor, a teacher and a friend.”
Rickenbach has a long and impressive track record of training highly successful ski racers from coaching the U.S. Ski Team to coaching Olympians Phil and Steve Mahre to their respective Gold and Silver medals in the 1984 Winter Olympic Games. Having lived in Squaw Valley on and off since the 1980s, Rickenbach started working with the Squaw Valley Ski Team in 2000 with the 12 and under athletes and became the Team’s Heads Men’s FIS Coach for the 2010 – 2011 season.
“Konrad’s deep appreciation and understanding of the mental aspects of ski racing is a huge part of the reason that so many of our athletes qualified for top level competitions this winter,” said Todd Kelly, Squaw Valley Ski Team’s program director. “Rickenbach is undeniably dedicated to the kids that he coaches, and we are truly fortunately to have him as part of our team.”
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is a year-round mountain destination offering world-class adventures in every season. In summer, Squaw’s scenic Aerial Tram transports guests to el. 8,200’ to experience an array of exciting activities in a spectacular mountain setting including swimming, hiking, roller skating, paintball and ziplining. At the base of the mountain, Squaw’s vibrant Village offers shopping, al fresco dining, and music festivals all summer long.
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