Meet Trace Worthington: New Head of Fundraising for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Foundation

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on September 1, 2009 6:20 pm

The resumé is stacked for Park City’s Trace Worthington.  Bust out the abacus, as your fingers won’t be enough to count the 37 World Cup victories Mr. Worthington accumulated during his illustrious aerials career during the 1990s.  Throw in a big, fat two World Championships and two Olympic appearances, and yes, Worthington is undoubtedly one of skiing’s most accomplished athletes.

His post competitive career saw Worthington moving behind the camera and up to the mic.  He’s been a lead commentator for winter sports on NBC, CBS, ESPN, and Versus.  He relayed to audiences his expertise on freestyle skiing, ski cross, snowboardcross, and halfpipe. 

As a business man, Worthington partnered with teammate Kris “Fuzz” Feddersen to start Flying Ace Productions, an aerial show for major corporations around the world. 

This is a renaissance man of the snow.  The book’s already thick, but now Trace Worthington is set to add a new chapter.  This week, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt named Trace Worthington to head fundraising for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.  No doubt the success of Flying Ace factored into the decision.  “As a business leader, he understands how to manage a successful company and the importance of developing advocacy through personal relationships,” said Marolt.

Ex-athletes getting the big gigs, we applaud that here at The Ski Channel.  Trace Worthington knows the sport inside and out, and his personality matches his results.  He’s a winner.

“I’m deeply honored to join the Team at such an exciting time in its history. I have great respect for the leadership and vision of the Team,” said Worthington. “Anyone who has known me as an athlete or TV commentator knows my passion for athletes and sport. I’ve been privileged to get to know many of the Team’s supporters and have seen the enthusiasm they have for helping to make dreams become reality for our athletes.”

While the rest of us are blinded by the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Worthington already has his eye on the 2014 Olympics!  “I see some unique progression as we look to the future. Our programs are evolving with new action sports joining the traditional events, and to me that means more opportunities to attract more supporters as we head to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.”

Vancouver to Sochi, with the incredible energy and efforts of Trace Worthington, that journey will be the best it can be for our American winter sports Olympic athletes.

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