Lindsey Vonn wins Beck International Award, USSA’s top award

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on May 13, 2010 6:17 pm

PARK CITY, UT — In honor of Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn’s (Vail, CO) achievements in the 2010 season, the Audi FIS World Cup champion was named as recipient of the Beck International Award, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s highest athletic honor. The award will be presented during the organization’s annual USSA Chairman’s Awards Dinner on Friday, May 14 in Park City. Vonn is among a host of athletes, coaches, clubs and volunteers recognized by the USSA for their accomplishments this past season.

Longtime USSA and International Ski Federation official Tom Winters (Tucson, AZ) was named the Julius Blegen Award recipient for his lifetime of service. Nordic combined leader Dave Jarrett was recognized as International Coach of the Year while Killington freestyle coach Deb Newsom (Killington, VT) was named Domestic Coach of the Year. The Westhaven Award for officials went to freestyle veteran Andy Hayes (Missoula, MT). Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was named USSA Club of the Year.

Vonn Honored with Beck International Award
The Beck International Award is presented annually to a competitor for outstanding performance in international competition during the past season. It is the single highest athlete honor in the organization.

“It’s incredible to be included in such a long list of amazing athletes. I’m truly honored,” said Vonn, who also won the award in 2008 following her first of three consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall titles. “Winning Olympic and World Championship medals is huge, but it’s one race on one day. The Beck Award is a lot like winning the World Cup overall title, it’s something that takes hard work and execution throughout an entire season to achieve.”

After two previous seasons of historical results, Vonn again made history in the 2010 season, becoming the winningest alpine skier in U.S. history as well as the first American woman to win the Olympic downhill.  En route to winning her third straight Audi FIS World Cup overall title, she also took globes in downhill, super G and super combined – a feat never before accomplished by an American. Vonn again amazed the world with her success in Vancouver as she won gold in the downhill, and a bronze medal in the super G.

In her nomination, USSA alpine leaders cited:  “Vonn is not only a great skier, but also a great role model as she exudes dedication, focus, talent, and is constantly striving to represent herself and her sport in a positive light.”

“In a year where we had 17 athletes win 21 Olympic medals, it’s a great challenge to identify one athlete as our USSA Beck Award winner,” said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. “But Lindsey’s accomplishments not only at the Olympics but in winning a third straight season-long Audi FIS World Cup title have elevated her to be one of our greatest athletes of all time and a role model for stars of the future.”

Volunteer Tom Winters Recognized with Blegen Award
Blegen winner Winters, a longtime volunteer who has served in myriad roles in his tenure as a USSA official, is a quintessential example of service to help the sport. The Julius Blegen Award is presented to a member of the USSA who contributed outstanding service to the sports of skiing or snowboarding. It is presented in memory of Julius Blegen, who was an outstanding contributor to snow sports.

Winters’ primary background is as an alpine skiing coach and technical delegate in alpine skiing. He was involved in the early days of the then U.S. Ski Coaches Association and served many years as member and chair of committees in the International Ski Federation. He also served as the USSA’s board president during a pivotal time in the 1980s when the organization was modernized. He took his extensive events and officiating background into snowboarding in its early days as an organized competitive sport and was tour director for the American Snowboard Tour for over a decade.

He worked extensively in the structure of alpine competition, especially in the USSA Far West. And he used his background in risk management to advocate for insurance needs of clubs and event organizers.

“Our USSA volunteers who earn the Blegen Award embody the spirit of Olympism that allows our athletes to achieve their goals,” said Marolt. “Tom Winters has served so many facets of our sport over so many years and is a very deserving recipient of this honor from his peers.”

Nordic Combined Coach Dave Jarrett Named International Coach of Year
After only two seasons as the head coach of the nordic combined team, Dave Jarrett was selected among Coaches of the Year in each  sport to receive the overall 2010 International Coach of the Year award.

In 2010, Jarrett orchestrated one of the most impressive season-long team performances in the history of U.S. nordic combined skiing. In the lead up to the Olympics, Jarrett’s team pulled in a total of four World Cup podiums, including two wins from Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO). But, it was the team’s performance in Vancouver that put Jarrett’s coaching ahead of the pack. In an historic performance, the U.S., which had never before earned an Olympic medal in the sport, took home four medals – a silver for Spillane, gold for Demong and a silver in the team event.

Over the past two seasons his athletes have won four World Championship medals, including three gold, as well as the four Olympic medals.

Killington’s Deb Newsom Honored as Development Coach of the Year
Killington’s Deb Newson was selected across all sports and was named the overall 2010 USSA Development Coach of the Year Award.

Newson has been involved in freestyle since 1995 at Killington Resort where she has served as a coach. Newson is also the USSA Eastern Division Chair and co-operates Planet Ski International freeride and mogul camps around the globe. In the 2010 Season alone, Newson had 19 athletes qualify for 2010 Jr. Olympics, resulting in two podiums, and one Olympian.

Consistently among the top competition clubs in America, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV) is the recipient of the 2010 USSA Club of the Year Award. This marks the first time the club has received the award.

From development levels all the way up to the World Cup and Olympics, SSCV’s athletes are top competitors. Club veteran Lindsey Vonn won her third consecutive Audi FIS World Cup overall title, as well as super G, downhill and super combined crowns to boot. They also have Men’s D-Team athlete Will Gregorak who was fifth overall in the NorAm Cup standings, fifth in downhill and super G standings and fourth in giant slalom standings. At the regional and divisional level they qualified one-quarter of the athletes of the Rocky/Central Region J2 National Team.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Cited as USSA Club of Year
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail was cited for its outstanding staff, with Executive Director Aldo Radamus, as well as Alpine Program Director Karen Lancaster Ghent, 2009 USSA Domestic Coach of the Year, and Head Coach Dan Stripp. The club has set up a World Class venue for its athletes and was able provide early season training for the division, region and the National Team this past season.

The club continues to set the bar high and challenge themselves to meet those high expectations, making everyone better around them.

“This recognition is a credit to the committment of the 75 coaches, teachers and administrators, hundreds of volunteers, supporters and most of all the nearly 450 young men and women whose hard work and achievement in alpine, cross country, freeride, freestyle skiing and snowboarding has resulted in this great honor. We aspire to continue to challenge ourselves and earn our place alongside the many great programs that are part of USSA,” Radamus said.

Freestyle Official Andy Hayes Honored with Westhaven Award
Longtime USSA and FIS technical delegate Andy Hayes was chosen to receive the Westhaven Award – a legendary belt buckle that goes annually to an outstanding USSA/ FIS technical delegate. Hayes has dedicated a majority of his life to freestyle skiing. His leadership in the sport started back in 1987 when he was the first representative for the Northern Division at the USSA Congress in Colorado Springs, CO. He has served as a technical delegate for over 20 years at domestic and FIS level events.

In 2007 he was technical delegate at the FIS Freestyle World Championships in Italy, and has served as the Rules and Technical Subcommittee chair for 14 years.

For more information on the awards, as well as a complete list of award winners click here.

Diamond Award
2010 Julius Blegen Award – Tom Winters

Gold Awards
2010 USSA Club of the Year Award – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
2010 USSA Coach of the Year Award – Dave Jarrett
2010 USSA Development Coach of the Year Award – Deb Newson
2010 Beck International Award – Lindsey Vonn
2010 Westhaven Award – Andy Hayes

Silver Awards
2010 Paul Bacon Award (event organization) – New York Ski Education Foundation and Olympic Regional Development Authority
2010 John J. Clair Jr. Award (service to USSA) – Peter Graves
2010 Bud and Mary Little Award (service to FIS/USOC) – Alan Ashley
2010 Buddy Werner Award (athlete sportsmanship) – Graham Watanabe
2010 Russell Wilder Award (service to youth) – Dar Hendrickson
2010 USSA J. Leland Sosman Award – Dr. Terrence Orr
2010 West Family Award (USSA certified alpine official) – Cath Jett

2010 Adaptive Athlete of the Year Award – Alana Nichols
2010 Alpine Athlete of the Year Award – Lindsey Vonn
2010 Cross Country Athlete of the Year Award – Kikkan Randall
2010 Freestyle Athlete of the Year Award – Hannah Kearney
2010 Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year Award – Johnny Spillane
2010 Ski Jumping Athlete of the Year Award – Sarah Hendrickson
2010 Snowboarding Athlete of the Year Award – Seth Wescott

2010 Adaptive International Coach of the Year Award – Ray Watkins
2010 Adaptive Domestic Coach of the Year Award – Brad Alire
2010 Alpine International Coach of the Year Award – Sasha Rearick
2010 Alpine Domestic Coach of the Year Award – Adam Chadbourne
2010 Cross Country International Coach of the Year Award – Chris Grover
2010 Cross Country Domestic Coach of the Year Award – Jan Buron
2010 Freestyle International Coach of the Year Award – Scott Rawles
2010 Freestyle Domestic Coach of the Year Award – Deb Newson
2010 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined International Coach of the Year Award – Dave Jarrett
2010 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Domestic Coach of the Year Award – Casey Colby
2010 Snowboarding International Coach of the Year Award – Mike Jankowski
2010 Snowboarding Domestic Coach of the Year Award – Dylan Omlin

2010 Adaptive Club of the Year Award – National Sports Center for the Disabled
2010 Alpine Club of the Year Award – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
2010 Cross Country Club of the Year Award – Alaska Winter Stars
2010 Freestyle Club of the Year Award – Nybora Freestyle
2010 Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year Award – Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
2010 Snowboarding Club of the Year Award – Auburn Ski Club

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