PARK CITY, Utah. — The Park City Ski and Snowboard Cross Country Team has brought on Parkite Liz Stephen as the competition team head coach. She knows a thing or two or three about competition, as she has represented the United States in the Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014, and PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Stephen has worked as an assistant coach for the team for the last three years as it trains on a year-round basis utilizing roller skis through the warmer months. Speaking of work, Stephen finds time to coach while she holds down a job at the Park City Hospital as a Patient Care Tech and Endoscopy Tech.
“I am over the moon, and also a little nervous too,” Stephen said. “I have never been fully in charge of a team before, so there is a lot to learn. Thankfully, however, I had three years of learning from Gordo and Ruff and so I feel much readier for the challenge than I would have felt without that wealth of knowledge being passed down.”
Both the cross country and nordic combined athletes will now benefit from her tutelage. The team is comprised of local 14- to 18-year-old athletes, many of whom are simultaneously on the respective junior national teams.
Emma Garrard, director and head Devo coach of the PCSS – Nordic Team, said, “We did a lot of searching and we’re really happy that Liz applied. We know she’s super excited about the job and we’re grateful for her leadership. We have had a lot of positive feedback from the families and kids in our program and we look forward to working with her further.”
Stephen’s mere presence on the staff roster personifies the high-caliber of capable coaching the Park City Ski and Snowboard Team (PCSS) has on offer in all its different disciplines as a veritable who’s who in the ski and snowboard industry.
PCSS – Nordic is also a Youth Sports Alliance (YSA) supported team.