PARK CITY, Utah. — Today, U.S. Ski and Snowboard announced its list of recognized honors awarded to the highest performing nationwide and discipline-wide coaches and clubs of the past year, and two from Park City are standouts. U.S. Ski and Snowboard wrote the following descriptions on its website.
- One of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard coaches of the year is Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping – Anders Johnson, Park City, Utah.
Team Coach of the Year honors for ski jumping and nordic combined went to Anders Johnson, a longtime athlete who was in his first year as World Cup coach for the women’s ski jumpers. Despite a challenging season, he was recognized for raising the level of all his athletes and improving the team culture.
Johnson grew up in the shadow of the Olympic jumps in Park City. After coaching for several years with Park City Ski & Snowboard, he moved up to the national team last spring. He single-handedly led the team through much of the COVID-impacted World Cup season, serving as everything from coach to suit maker.
He led the women’s team to its best results in two seasons with personal bests from Paige Jones, Annika Belshaw, and Logan Sankey.
- One of the sports clubs of the year is Freestyle – Park City Ski & Snowboard/Wasatch Freestyle, Park City, Utah.
A pandemic season can bring the best out in clubs. Two high-profile freestyle clubs in Utah combined forces to ensure that the sport would continue, supporting each other on events and providing a playing field for athletes. Jointly, Park City Ski & Snowboard (PCCS) and Wasatch Freestyle were honored as Freestyle Club of the Year.
Wasatch played host to the U.S. Freestyle Championships for moguls, while PCCS managed aerials. Wasatch also held a FIS Open as a NorAm replacement and multiple regional events. PCCS held the U.S. Junior Championships for moguls plus other regional events.
Both programs also had strong seasons. Park City Ski & Snowboard’s moguls program grew 135%, thanks in part to its Intro to Mogul Day at the Utah Olympic Park. Wasatch Freestyle had multiple podiums at US Selections, FIS Open, Junior Nationals, and the U.S. Freestyle Championships.
Listed above Johnson included coaches from the following disciplines:
- Freeski – Olympic Valley, CA
- Cross country – Marquette, MI
- Alpine – Burlington, VT
- Cross country – Stratton Mnt., VT
Listed above PCSS/Wasatch Freestyle were:
- Alpine – Waitsfield, Vt.
- Cross Country – Ketchum, Idaho
- Freeski – Vail, Colo.
U.S. Ski and Snowboard are currently conducting its annual congress meeting, virtually, on May 17 – 21. A pdf of the agenda can be read here.