Just because summer time is here doesn’t mean the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team hasn’t been busy preparing the 2010-11 competition season. Between developing future freestyle athletes, there have been a few notable business moves within the organization.
Former U.S. Ski Team athlete and coach Todd Schirman has been named Freestyle Program Director for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. After a four year stint coaching the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s moguls squad, Schirman will expand his field, working directly with moguls and aerials.
“Todd has been successful at every level of the sport, as a World Cup athlete, a club leader, and as an Olympic coach in a program that had huge success in Vancouver,” said Bodensteiner. “With excellent relationships, and a high degree of respect throughout the freestyle community from local-program volunteers to our elite athletes, Todd will bring great performance-based leadership to our team.”
Schirman made the successful jump from athlete to program director for the Park City Freestyle Team before making the switch to U.S. Ski Team coach where he received USSA’s 2007 International Coach of the Year Award. At the Olympics in Vancouver he received an Olympic Order of Ikkos award presented by medalist Shannon Bahrke. He also acted as assistant and chief of course for over 17 events spanning from NorAms to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.
His entrance into this position comes at a perfect time to maximize preparations for the Olympics in Sochi and to capitalize on the success of the Team in Vancouver.
“We are taking advantage of our Olympic success in Vancouver, looking for new ideas to grow awareness for our sports and athletes,” said Schirman. “One of my main priorities will be the continuing development of communication to our clubs in the domestic program, this is essential in the development of new talent.”
“This is an exciting time for U.S. freestyle skiing,” said Schirman. “As freestyle director, I will focus on the support system that will take us into the next generation of U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes.”