Park City, Utah Feb. 25, 2002 (USSA)--U.S. Ski and Snowboard athletes wrapped up the 2002 Olympic Winter Games with a list of record Olympic performances and achieved the organization's long-stated goal of winning a record 10 medals. "This was a team effort and we take a great deal of pride in the accomplishments of these athletes, especially in achieving our team goal," said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team President and CEO Bill Marolt.
Marolt established the ten-medal goal over three years ago, four more than the previous high mark of six set in Nagano. "We knew coming into these Games that ten medals was a stretch for us, but our athletes achieved it," he said.
"Bode Miller's silvers in alpine skiing are a tremendous accomplishment," said Marolt. "And, much as we had expected, snowboard and freestyle continue to be very strong sports for us. We're also very pleased with the progress we saw in the nordic events, especially nordic combined where we had U.S. bests in all three of the events including a fourth in the team competition, and cross country skiing where we had Olympic bests on both the men's and women's side, including a fifth-place finish for the men in the relay!"
It was a record-setting Olympics in nearly every sport for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team including:
"While our goal for 2002 has always been 10 medals overall, our target for 2006 in Torino has been to step up to become the best in the world," added Marolt. "We look at 2002 as a beginning nnot an end and look forward to setting new challenges for the next four years."