Park City, Utah. U.S. Ski and Snowboard will recognize more than 50 athletes, coaches, clubs and leaders who have supported skiing and snowboarding at this week’s annual U.S. Ski and Snowboard Congress. The awards include gold awards, silver awards, athlete, coach and club of the year awards in each sport, and sport-specific awards.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard’s Gold Awards represent the single highest honors in the organization. Among the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Gold Awards, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard honors a deserving representative from each sector of its structure: an athlete, a volunteer, a coach and a club. The 2018 Club of the Year Award (all sports) was awarded to Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center (APUNSC). The sport committee noted that “APU sent 10 skiers to the Olympics (9 for USA, out of 20 XC skiers and 1 for Australia). The head coach, Erik Flora, has also been Kikkan’s coach for 10+ years and helped her tremendously to achieve her goal of an Olympic gold medal.”
This is the third time in the 20 year history of this award that APUNSC has been the recipient.
In addition, APUNSC won the overall 2018 Cross-Country Club of the Year award as well.
Silver award recipients include Olympic Champion Kikkan Randall (Buddy Werner Award and Team Athlete Giving Back Award) for her sportsmanship and leadership as well as her work with the Fast and Female program.
All of this year’s awards will be presented at the Chairman’s Awards Dinner on May 3 in Park City.