Patrick Riml named Alpine Program Director for USSA

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 25, 2011 9:08 am

After three seasons with Alpine Canada, Patrick Riml will return to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association as Alpine Program Director. According to the USSA’s Executive Vice President, Athletics Luke Bodensteiner, Riml will take over all aspects of the alpine program from grassroots development programs through the national team.

“Patrick has demonstrated both strong leadership abilities and outstanding expertise at numerous levels of our pipeline.  He’s shown in his tenure here that he truly understands our American system and best in the world vision,” said Bodensteiner. “A major initial focal point for him will be our development programs, using our Alpine Training System as a centerpiece to develop athletic performance at all levels, through programming, education, athlete management and competitions.

A native of Soelden, Austria, Riml served as the women’s U.S. Ski Team Head Coach for seven seasons prior to joining the Canadian staff before the 2008-09 season.

“We are fortunate to have a strong national team program in place which will allow me to focus on our development system and USSA clubs,” said Riml. “Our educational programs which develop strong clubs and coaches, coupled with specific programming and athlete management systems are essential to our success.”

He rejoins an extremely strong U.S. Ski Team led by men’s Head Coach Sasha Rearick and women’s Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser that accounted for eight Olympic medals in Vancouver and nine Audi FIS Alpine World Cup titles in the past two seasons.

Riml originally joined the U.S. Ski Team in 2001 as Europa Cup Head Coach before moving up to lead the women’s Head Coach position in 2003. During his earlier tenure, he led Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) to 2006 Olympic gold and multiple World Championship medals.

Riml also felt the two-year old USSA Center of Excellence would play a pivotal role in future success. “The Center of Excellence is an amazing facility – there’s none like it in the world,” said Riml. “It will be an important part of both our development and national team programs.”

He was also a part of Lindsey Vonn’s (Vail, CO) historic 2008 season where she claimed the first of what became three consecutive Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall titles and her first of four consecutive downhill titles. The overall crown was the first for the women’s program since 1983.

Riml will join the USSA staff immediately and will be on hand in Winter Park, CO for the Putnam U.S. Alpine Championships Mar. 31- Apr. 3. He will relocate to the Center of Excellence in Park City along with his wife Jodi and young daughter Raina.