Chip White’s coaching dominance has shone through this season, since the U.S. Olympic Committee has selected him as a finalist for the organization’s most prestigious coaching honor, National Coach of the Year. The award will be announced June 21 in Colorado Springs, CO, but this is great recognition for the superb coach. White recently has been recognized the past two seasons with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s International Alpine Coach of the Year.
White led his World Cup athletes to victory in this season’s Audi FIS World Cup as all six athletes landed on the World Cup podium this season, four of them for the first time ever in their career. The team’s triumphant victories earned them an extraordinary 457 point margin over Switzerland to secure their status as the Best in the World women’s alpine speed team.
“How much does he care? Well, he cut his finger off last September with a table saw and he was still out on the mountain in October with his hand all taped up, but he was carrying gates around and wrenching them in,” praised Lindsey Vonn. “He was working just as hard as he always does even though he was in excrutiating pain. He’s a big reason we’re successful as a group.”
Lindsey Vonn was a powerhouse this season before her season-ending injury as she earned a record sixth straight downhill title. Teammate, Julia Mancuso, was in the running for the Super G title, but sadly the race was canceled, leaving her with a second place finish. Alice McKennis landed on top of the podium for the first time in her career at the St. Anton downhill. In addition, Leanne Smith scored two downhill podiums and Laurenne Ross earned second in the last race of the season giving her the first downhill podium of her career as well.
“Chip is one of the nicest guys that I know. He puts in so much hard work and tries to give us the right things that we need to be successful,” exclaimed Leanne Smith. “He tries to get us training at the best places with the best conditions and to make the best plan possible.”