Park City, UT, May 18, 2001--World super G champion Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) was honored Friday by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association with the Beck International Award, the organization's highest athlete honor. Rahlves was honored by USSA at its annual USSA Congress in Park City. The award is presented annually to the top athlete among USSA's six sport programs.
Rahlves, who won back-to-back World Cup downhills a year ago, was third in the prestigious Hahnenkamm downhill in Austria this year before heading to St. Anton where he won the super G title.
The late Warren Lowry (Williamstown, MA), who helped pioneer the acclaimed athlete ranking systems used by both USSA and the International SkiFederation during more than a 40-year volunteer career, received the Julius Blegen Award, the highest honor for volunteer service. Lowry, who hadjust turned 80, was tragically killed in a skiing accident in Megeve, France in March. His widow, Laure Lowry, accepted the award in his honor.
U.S. Snowboard Team Head Coach Peter Foley (Hood River, OR) was recognized as International Coach of the Year, while the late Duke Peterson(Squaw Valley, CA) was honored as Domestic Coach of the Year.
Foley was recognized for demonstrating exemplary leadership in managing a very diverse athletic environment in snowboarding leading up to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Peterson, a longtime coach in the Squaw Valley Ski Team freestyle program, died suddenly of a heart attack this spring at 34. Peterson consistently produced top athletes at all levels in his program, including current U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athletes Jonny Moseley, Shannon Bahrke, and Laurel Shanley. This year his program placed three athletes on the World Junior Championship team. Four men and six women from his program made finals at the Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships. Peterson has recently taken over the Squaw Valley program from Raymond DeVre, who won the award in 1999, and was on hand to accept on behalf of Peterson's family.
Colorado's Winter Park Resort competition program was awarded USSA Club of the Year honors. USSA has over 300 local competition clubs coast-to-coast providing grassroots sport introduction and training to over 20,000 young athletes.
"It always gives us great pride to honor the athletes, volunteers, coaches and clubs who are the heart of our sport," said USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt. "Daron is a great example for young athletes - an outstanding athlete, dedicated to his goals, and a very humble man. We're especially indebted to the work of our volunteers, like Warren Lowry. Warren's work on developing athletic ranking systems has been instrumental to our athletes and coaches."
Other awards presented by USSA included:
Paul Bacon Award for contribution in the field of event organization:
Tim 'Swampy' LaMarche, Eden, UT, for over two decades of service as a USSAand now Snowbasin ski area staff member to the sport of downhill ski racing, most notably as the driving force behind development of safe and athletically challenging downhill race courses in America.
John Clair Award for outstanding service to benefit the U.S. Ski or Snowboard Team:
Warren Lowry, for over two decades of service including pioneering the highly-acclaimed athletic ranking systems used in the sport today.
Bud & Mary Little Award for longtime service to FIS or Olympic sport communities:
Bill Slattery, Buffalo Grove, IL, for 30 years of leadership on sport committees in both USSA and FIS
Buddy Werner Award for leadership and sportsmanship in competition:
Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, CA, for not only his athletic accomplishments, but for establishing himself as a very humble and positive role model for America's youth.
Westhaven Award for outstanding service as a technicaldelegate:
Karen Korfanta, Park City, UT, for years of leadership and hard work as a high-level alpine technical deelegate and for her work at the ParkCity Mountain Resort. West Family Cup for outstanding service as a USSA official: Tom Garner (posthumously), Glenwood Springs, CO, for his work asa longtime coach and volunteer, and in recent years as a key USSA staff member providing leadership to youth in USSA's Rocky Mountain Division.
Russell Wilder Award for outstanding efforts with American youth:
Bill Madsen, Aspen, CO, for his longtime work in Nastar, and especially for hiswork in the past two years in helping to breath new life into Charles Schwab Nastar in a partnership with the U.S. Ski Team.
USSA Sport Clubs of the Year
Alpine - Sunday River Ski Resort, Bethel, ME
Cross Country - Bridger Ski Foundation, Bozeman, MT
Freestyle - Winter Park Competition Center, Winter Park, CO
Jumping/Nordic Combined - Itasca Ski & Outing Club, Coleraine, MN
Snowboard - Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Steamboat Springs, CO
USSA Sport Coaches of the Year
Alpine Domestic - Rob Clayton (Park City Ski Educational Foundation), Park City, UT
Alpine International - Jim Tracy (U.S. Ski Team), Hood River, OR
Cross Country Domestic - Sverre Caldwell (Stratton Mountain School), Stratton, VT
Cross Country International (APU/Gold 2002), Anchorage, AK
Disabled Domestic - Alan Bender (National Sports Center for Disabled), Winter Park, CO
Freestyle Domestic - Duke Peterson (Squaw Valley Freestyle Team), Squaw Valley, CA (posthumously)
Freestyle International - Matt Christensen (U.S. Ski Team), Park City, UT
Nordic Combined - Corby Fisher (National Sports Foundation), Park City, UT
Ski Jumping - Larry Stone (N.Y. Ski Educational Foundation), Wilmington, NY
Snowboard Domestic - Michael Mallon (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club), Steamboat Springs, CO
Snowboard International - Peter Foley (U.S. Snowboard Team), Hood River, OR