Bill Marolt honored for his achievements in skiing career
Aspen native and former U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt was honored this week by two national ski-industry organizations for his illustrious career.
The National Ski Areas Association honored Marolt with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. SnowSports Industry of America presented Marolt with a Recognition Award for his efforts to promote skiing. The presentations were made at the Ski Areas Association’s conference in Savannah, Ga.
Under Marolt’s leadership, U.S. athletes won 70 of the 95 Olympic medals the Ski and Snowboard Association has earned throughout its history.
Marolt’s success spanned from his participation in skiing as an athlete to serving later as a coach and administrator. He won three individual NCAA championships in three disciplines with the ski team at the University of Colorado. He was named the coach of the CU ski team in 1969 and led it to seven NCAA ski championships from 1969 to 1978. He became CU’s athletic director in 1984.
Marolt was an Olympic ski racer in 1964 and went on to become the director of the Olympic team’s alpine ski program from 1978 to 1984. In 1996, he was named president and CEO of the Ski and Snowboard Association, which oversees the Olympic teams.
U.S. skiers and snowboarders raked in 21 medals in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, and 17 at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“In addition to creating an international athletic powerhouse, Marolt’s vision is widely credited for leading USSA toward financial success and fiscal discipline,” the National Ski Areas Association said in a statement.
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