Letter to the Editor: Congrats to local Olympians
March 11, 2010
Our USSA athletes came to the Olympics in Vancouver prepared and focused to achieve their goals. They brought in great experience and worked together as a Team, building momentum off the success of others.
Tahoe, you should be very proud! As an important region in our sports, you played a significant role in our athletesand#8217; Olympic success. Your resorts and USSA club programs have produced great champions like two-time Vancouver silver medalist Julia Mancuso and bronze medalist Shannon Bahrke from Squaw Valley, as well as providing a home base at Sierra-at-Tahoe for one of snowboardingand#8217;s greatest stars, Vancouver silver medalist Hannah Teter, plus many more Olympians.
Todayand#8217;s athletes have taken advantage of the long-term planning and development of the USSAand#8217;s athletic pipeline system. That pipeline begins with our grassroots clubs like the many programs in your area at ski and snowboarding resorts around the region.
Just as each of our medalists had his or her idol years ago, young athletes around our nation will be motivated by the accomplishments of todayand#8217;s stars. With your support, our USSA clubs and our athletic pipeline will afford those young athletes with that same opportunity.
As an organization, weand#8217;ve long had a vision of being best in the world. Our athletes achieved that vision in Vancouver and Whistler. Looking ahead, our task is to continue this work so that athletes in the future will have the same opportunity to achieve their goals. As you know, unlike most Olympic teams, we have no government support. We rely on Americans to send Americans to the Games.
Congratulations to the 17 USSA athletes who won 21 medals in Vancouver. We were all proud to see them realize their dreams!
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Bill Marolt, President and CEO
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association