Bill Marolt, the President and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President has another title to add after being named to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors on Thursday.
The former Olympian (1964) has led the USSA since 1996. Prior to his position at the helm of the organization, Marolt served at nearly every level, including athlete coach to program director. During this time, Marolt has acquired a wealth of experience working with the USOC and International Ski Federation. The strength of his relationship with the organization made Marolt's appointment an easy decision for the USOC'S Nominating and Governance Committee.
Dexter Paine, Chairman of the USSA Board,
spoke of Marolt's appointment, explaining, “ It is an honor for our organization as well as an opportunity to bring Bill’s extensive experience as an Olympian and sport leader to benefit the Olympic movement. One of the hallmarks of Bill’s career with the USSA has been the growth of our sphere of influence in both FIS and USOC. That has had a direct impact on our own athletic success, but has also has been instrumental in the development of Olympic sport.”
The USOC Board also reaffirmed Chairman Larry Probst for a second four-year term and named Whitney Ping to the board as an Athletes' Advisory Council director.
As his four year term begins, it is clear that Bill Marolt's influence within both the USSA and USOC will be a huge asset for the American athletes as we prepare for the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi 2014. In addition to being an athlete himself during the 1964 Olympic Winter Games, Marolt was the director of the Alpine Skiing Program from 1978-1984, leading Team USA to multiple Olympic medals in during the 1984 Winter Games.
After the decision was announced, Marolt told the crowds, “Olympism is a very positive and powerful message that brings all of us together to help athletes achieve their Olympic dreams. I’m deeply honored with this opportunity to share my experience as an Olympian and a National Governing Body leader with the U.S. Olympic Committee.”