Squaw Valley Ski Team adds pair of Olympians to coaching staff
The Squaw Valley Ski Team announced the addition of former Olympians and husband-wife duo Anna and Marco Sullivan to team leadership roles.
Following long-standing competitive careers in alpine ski racing, Marco joins as Interim Head Coach for the U16 team and Anna takes over as FIS Manager and Head Coach for the Squaw Valley Ski Team.
“Anna and Marco have long been a part of the Squaw Valley Ski Team family, and now we are thrilled to have them on our staff as head coaches supporting our most dedicated athletes. Their world class athletic and coaching experience, as well as their ability to connect with our young people will allow our athletes to reach their highest potential on and off the ski hill,” said Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Ski Teams Director Bill Hudson.
A 2010 Olympian, two-time North American Cup Champion, and nine-year member of the Canadian National Team, Anna Sullivan has played an integral role within the Squaw Valley Ski Team for many years, including a consistent presence coaching spring camps and as an U14 Assistant Head Coach. She holds a degree in Economics and Conflict Resolution from Westminster College, coaches alongside her husband at American Downhiller race camps, and is the co-founder of the Ski Racing Sisterhood, which bridges elite level athleticism with personal leadership skill building.
“I am excited to have such an important role within the ski team and look forward to being able to share my ski racing expertise and honor the Squaw Valley legacy,” said Anna Sullivan. “ I hope to foster what has made the Squaw Valley Ski Team so successful in the past, and create new and fun ways to instill a lifelong passion for skiing and ski racing.”
A lifelong Tahoe resident and Squaw Valley Ski Team alumnus, Marco Sullivan was a member of the U.S. Ski Team for nearly two decades, making more than 150 World Cup starts, as well as the 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympics. At the peak of his career, Marco was ranked fourth globally in downhill and helped to establish the U.S. Ski Team as one of the best in the world alongside Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves. Following his retirement in 2017, he founded the American Downhiller race camps, now hugely successful with the top junior skiers in the country.
“I feel very content that I was able to live my dream, the kids I am now coaching are in a similar place to where I was 20 years ago,” said Marco Sullivan. “I learned a lot of lessons about winning, losing and living like an athlete, and I am excited to pass some of those lessons on to the next generation of Squaw Valley ski racers.”
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