Former Olympian John Farra named U.S Paralympics Nordic Skiing Director

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 1, 2011 10:41 am

The U.S. Olympic Committee named John Farra director of the U.S. Paralympics nordic skiing high performance program. The move is part of the USOC’s continued commitment to advancing Paralympic sports in the U. S.

Farra is a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, having competed at the world championship and the Olympics. He currently serves as the Nordic program director for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, a position he has held since 2008.

“I’m pleased John will be joining the team to take on these responsibilities with the Paralympic Nordic program,” USOC Chief of Sport Performance Alan Ashley said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with John through the years, and his leadership and experience will be a key contributor in our effort to build a world class program for the future.”

In his new position, Farra will lead the annual and quadrennial high performance planning for the USOC’s Paralympic Nordic program, collaborate with partner organizations and ski clubs, direct designated national team activities, and continue to identify, train and support talented athletes with physical disabilities. He will initially be based in Park City, Utah.

“I am excited to have an opportunity to work with the U.S. Olympic Committee and eager to bring my experience and passion for Nordic sport into the U.S. Paralympic programs,” Farra said. “The position will provide me new professional challenges and goals as we aim to build comprehensive medal-contending programs for cross country and biathlon.”

Farra is the former vice president for the Maine Winter Sports Center. He attended the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y. as an athlete and later was the assistant head of school following his retirement from competitive ski racing.

During his tenure at USSA, the U.S. Ski Teams in cross country, ski jumping and Nordic combined won six world championship and four Olympic medals.