Chris Grover named as new head coach for U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 15, 2010 10:32 am

Chris Grover is moving from the sprint team to the cross country team. Under his tutelage, the team will attempt to dominate the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. World Cup podium finisher Andy Newell and World Championship silver medalist Kikkan Randall both worked with him, so clearly he’s legit.

“Chris has earned the respect of the U.S. skiing community, and the international coaches for his work with our sprinters and I know his years of experience on World Cup will help him to take this program to the next level as we make plans for Sochi and beyond,” said U.S. Nordic Program Director John Farra.

“I am excited to be putting plans together that can lead to real success in 2011 World Championships in Oslo. We have athletes that have already proven that they can be successful at that venue. Kikkan Randall’s sprint podium on the Oslo course this spring demonstrates this point acutely,” Grover said.

He joined the U.S. Ski Team as an assistant coach in 1999 and then headed  the development program from 2002 – 2004. He took a leave from the team from 2004 – 2006 as the head coach for the Sun Valley Olympic Development Team before returning to the Team for good as sprint coach in 2006.

Grover takes over the head coaching position from Pete Vordenberg. Pete is staying on board, however, to now focus on new development strategy, including increasing the U.S. presence on the Europa Cup Circuit.

“We are thrilled that Pete will be staying with us to tackle the development program, which is a true passion of his. Who better than Pete to inspire and guide our talented young skiers toward their goals of being best in the world,” said Farra.

Grover seems confident in a Sochi success. He’s excited to start the preparation.

“We are already working on plans for the 2014 Games in Sochi. I have already begun meetings with our sport science department concerning preparations specifically for Sochi, and I am very excited about the chance to win a medal there,” Grover said. “We will continue to help deliver the best possible service to our talented pool of athletes while simultaneously enlisting the help of this country’s blossoming clubs to build out this development pipeline.”